Third Parties

Wyoming LP Spoiler Watch

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Another of the elections where I was warned/promised that an LP candidate might beat the spread between his major party opponents has worked out exactly that way–for Wyoming's sole House seat, featuring the wheelchair bound Libertarian candidate Thomas Rankin, who has collected over 7,000 votes–with Republican incumbent Barbara Cubin (who famously threatened Rankin with a slap across the face, if only he weren't in that wheelchair) less than 700 votes ahead of her Democrat opponent. So there is every chance (and doubtless no proof) that at least 700 (10 percent) of those voters "would have" voted for the Dem if the LP option were not there–thus, in the cosmic major party balance, making up for the Indiana District 9 House seat that the Libertarian might have cost the Republican.