A third-party candidate runs after the two-party primary season has begun. Which feature of the two-party system prevents her nomination?

failure to qualify for federal matching funds

lack of a strong existing campaign-finance networkfailure to meet deadlines to be included on state ballotslack of an extensive national campaign organization at any level

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  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    The DNC/RNC cabal actively disenfranchising and undermining all third parties.

  • Desire
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    How about splitting the vote.

  • 8 months ago

    The real answer is this.......

    It's the Hatfield -McCoy  Factor. 

    Ya see......two sides equally divided fighting each other, creates two opposing forces of 50% each. 

    If a 3rd party tried to enter that battlefield........both sides, of course  , would be mis-trusting of it, and both would fire upon it,  bringing 100% of the existing fire power  down upon the 3rd parties heads. 

    Pretty hellacious odds to beat. 

    But even if the 3rd party   GOT a foothold......... and created a 3rd viable camp...... where do their reinforcements come from? 

    There's only  X number of voters and most are already  Hatfields or McCoys. 

    In order for a 3rd party to gain even ,  just an even stake in the game,.....it would have to siphon off voters  from either the left or right............or both. 

    Okay, and here's the problem with  THATTTTTT...........

    first off..........a  3rd party that appeals to BOTH  the Hatfields and McCoys? 

    The critter  simply doesn't exist. 

    but let's say you found this mythical creature.....and okay , it's appealing to both. 

    You're now having to drain  some percentage away  from each 50% side. 

    Let's say you get 10% from each side.......

    now the sides are 40% , 40% and 20%.  ......you're still gonna get creamed. 

    Okay, so you drag 15% away from each side.........

    now you got 35% , 35%  and 30%............better odds......but still dicey. 

    You would need to be soooooooooooooo appealing, that you could drain 20% or more.....from each side.  ...so that the battle becomes at least  30% vs 30%  vs your now 40%. Now you got something............ you've not only found this impossible mythical creature.......but you've done the impossible, and it all LOOKS good. 

    But here's the problem with THATTTTTTTTTT.........

    no matter how much each side claims they are with you.........

    when the FINAL battle comes..........(election day).........here's what will happen.....

    the Hatfields will fret that they have betrayed the Hatfields, and the McCoys will do the same..........they will fear that voting for the 3rd party...........will give the other dreaded enemy party the ADVANTAGE........and they just can't let that happen. 

    So while wearing all the Ron  Paul and Bernie Sanders buttons,  they will go into the voting booth, and actually vote for the Hatfield or McCoy. ---because a defeat of their own real  true side,  is unacceptable. 

    So while you go to the polls , thinking your side is 40% strong.........

    you come out of the polls, with maybe 2% of the actual vote. ...and a Hatfied or a McCoy wins, and takes it all. 

    That's how it *really works* .........and that's why 3rd parties are a joke. 

  • Tmess2
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Think the question is election not nomination.  Additionally, primary season is not necessarily a legal concept, but a practical concept that is very race specific.  

    Looking at it from the nomination side, in the United States, most states divide parties into two categories -- established parties (those that received enough votes in the last election) and new parties (parties that are actually new or failed to get enough votes in the last election).  Established parties are subject to state laws.  And those laws include filing dates and a party primary to choose the nominee of that party.  If a candidate wants to run as the candidate of an established third-party, they have to meet the state filing dates.  (Different rules apply to presidential candidates as most states tie the state ballot slot to the established party's national convention rather than the state primary).

    For new parties, there is no formal nomination process.  Rather a self-designated group of individuals have to circulate a petition to get the party on the ballot.  The people running the petition drive get to choose which candidate is running for which position.  

    As to the specific aspects noted, all of those are problems for a third-party presidential candidate regardless of when they start to run.  Third parties do not qualify for matching funds in the same way that candidates seeking the nomination of the two major parties do.  (And most of the major party candidates no longer accept matching funds because of the restrictions that go with the matching funds).  Federal matching funds only apply to presidential candidates so that is not an issue for other races.

    Additionally, while some third parties are established parties in a large number of states, most (if not all of them) still need to do petition drives to get on the ballot in a significant number of states.  

    And lastly, by definition, third parties are smaller than the two major parties which means they have fewer resources for raising money and running a national (or local) campaign.  

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  • 8 months ago

    do your own homework 

  • Jeff D
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Her nomination by her (third) party isn't really hindered by any of those.  Parties set their own rules picking their nominees.  *IF* a third-party chooses to utilize state primary election(s), then ballot access might be an issue; however, most states have fairly lax rules for primary ballot access (general election ballot access is another matter).

  • 8 months ago

    Pretty much all that are solid problems. It takes work to make state ballots because they would be a book if it didn't, and you need a network to raise money and knock on doors.

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