Your Local Election HQ: The Impact of Third Party Candidates


(WBRE/WYOU)  With Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton trading insults on nearly a daily basis – many people are giving a second look to the so-called “third party” candidates.
    Some political analysts say this could be the year those candidates play a significant role in the presidential race.
     The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick reports from your Local Election Headquarters.

History could be made in 2016 with a third party candidate getting a look see from voters who are disgruntled with the two major party nominees. So says Dr. Okla Elliot, he is an assistant professor of English at Misericordia University.

He wrote a book on the impact of Bernie Sanders on the 2016 election and the rise of third party candidates.

“The interest in Trump and the interest in Sanders came from that same place of discontent with the direction of the economy. People have real grievances.”

Elliot says many voters are talking a closer look at Green Party Candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. Johnson may make history this year if that interest continues to grow,.
“Gary Johnson is polling at 13% which is outrageous for a third party candidate in this country. Also he’s within striking distance of getting 15% he needs to get on the presidential stage with Clinton and Trump.”

Dr. Elliot says many voters are looking for an alternative to the major party candidates.

“The reason is that Trump and Clinton have the highest negatives of any presidential candidates who have ever run in American history.”

Voters tell us they may support a third party candidate.

“I’m not voting for either of the two candidates democrat or republican. I know what both parties stand for and i don’t agree with any of them.” Said Stephen Saninocencia of Hazleton

“I think a lot of people aren’t happy with the candidates that are out there. I think a third party candidate could emerge and make a difference in this election.” Said Jack Mundie of Hazleton

“Dr. Ellliot says despite al of this he believes  it will be quite sometime before a third party candidate could win the White House “


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