TALLADEGA -- Since the days of George Washington, three or more parties have been on the ticket for the presidency of the United States. Only a handful, however, have made an impact in the election result. In 1912, Theodore Roosevelt running under the Bull Moose Party, was the most successful third-party effort in history coming in second place with 27.8 percent of the popular vote and 88 Electoral Votes. Woodrow Wilson, running as a Democrat, walked away with the win with 42 percent of the vote.
In modern times, George Wallace of Alabama and the American Independent Party, pulled in 9,901,118 popular votes and 46 Electoral votes. In 1992, Texas tycoon Ross Perot got 18.9 percent of the popular vote-but no Electoral votes.
So, what does the current third-party candidate, Gary Johnson, mean to the current presidential race? No one in his right mind would believe that Johnson stands any chance of winning the White House. Yet, he is in the position of playing the "spoiler" in this race. The most recent polls indicate that Hillary Clinton holds about a 4 percent edge over Republican Donald Trump. These same polls indicate that Gary Johnson would get somewhere between 8 percent and 11 percent of the popular vote. The math is obvious. Logically, if either Hillary or Trump had the Johnson votes, they would easily win.
Apparently, the Democrats and mainstream media are concerned enough about Gary Johnson's influence that they have gone after him with vicious "gotcha" interviews by MSNBC's Chris Matthews and ABC News' George Stephanopoulos portraying him as not being knowledgeable of the Syrian war zone.
Where do you stand on this year’s election? As I have stated previously, I along with most of my friends plan on "holding our nose" and voting. Personally, I don't feel a third-party vote is a wasted vote at all! I have exercised my right to express this effort in the past and may just do it again. At least I will have the satisfaction of a clear conscious on Nov. 9th!
Whatever your choice, please go vote on Nov. 8th.
James W. Anderson