Nominees from the nation’s largest third party set records in 10 states last cycle for the largest support ever recorded in a U.S. Senate election.
The rate of third party and independent U.S. Senate candidacies over the last two decades has increased 60+ percent compared to the first 75 years of the direct election era; 2014 may make the biggest splash yet.
The HLN host is fed up with the ‘tyranny’ of governmental overreach while Carolla goes on the record that he is a libertarian.
No more than two independents have served in the chamber at the same time; the last time three non-major party officeholders served in the U.S. Senate was 1940.
At least four third party, independent, or write-in gubernatorial candidates have won 10+ percent of the vote in every midterm election since the 1986 cycle – a trend likely to continue this November.
No third party or independent candidate running for the U.S. House from Iowa has won five percent of the vote since 1934; only four of 238 candidates have reached 10 percent since 1914.
More third party and independent candidates have run for Congress in the Beehive State during the last quarter-century (84) than during the previous 93 years (77).
This cycle finds the Mount Rushmore State equaling historical marks for the most U.S. Senate candidates qualifying for the ballot as well as the most Republicans (or candidates from any party) in a primary race.
It has been more than 80 years since South Dakotans had so many candidates from which to choose in a U.S. Senate election.
Overby is just the fifth candidate to appear on the ballot as a Libertarian in a Florida U.S. House race.