Third parties in the USA

Although the Founding Fathers had a deep suspicion of political parties, a two-party system is what would emerge in the USA. Third parties have a difficult task in a first-past-the post system. Nevertheless there is a strong tradition of third-party candidates. Indeed, according to the website Ballotpedia, as of October 15, 2016, a total of 1,910 candidates had filed a Statement of Candidacy with the Federal Election Commission. Many of those are not standing in every state and there are some non-serious candidates, such as Zorro the Cockroach, Tronald Dump Deez Nuts, Osama Bin Liftin. Tens of thousands of voters in Texas want Harambe, the gorilla shot dead in the Cincinnati zoo in May, to become the next leader President. In some polls he was even ahead of Jill Stein, the Green candidate. There is a candidate for the Prohibition Party. Even the more serious candidates have their issues. Gary Johnson, of the Libertarian Party, had his Aleppo moment – What is a leppo? Here you can see him being satirised by Stephen Colbert:

We are just over three weeks from the vote and Clinton is the favourite, but who knows what might happen. I might be buying shares in bananas.


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