WSAW NewsChannel 7  | Central WI, Wausau, Rhinelander  |  News, Weather, Sports

Libertarians Aim to Shape Wisconsin Elections

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Dozens of Libertarians and other third-party candidates are running for an array of offices in Wisconsin's November elections.

Candidates filed nomination papers last week to get onto the ballot.

Third-party candidates have little chance of winning, but an Associated Press review of Wisconsin election results since 2000 found they have attracted enough votes to sway six elections. In 2002, Libertarian Ed Thompson received 10 percent of the vote, hurting Republican Scott McCallum who lost to Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle by less than 4 percent.

Political scientist Mordecai Lee says any vote for a third-party candidate could be enough to tip a close race, and that's important in a year when polls show Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke in a dead heat.


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to comments@wsaw.com.
Please provide detailed information.
All comments must adhere to the WSAW.com discussion rules.

powered by Disqus

Most Popular

WSAW-TV 1114 Grand Ave. Wausau, WI 54403
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 262300231 - wsaw.com/a?a=262300231