By Jason Russell, WashingtonExaminer.com, June 3rd, 2016 (republished in its entirety in the Constitution Party of Ohio’s June 2016 newsletter). The candidates covered in Russell’s guide are Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, Jill Stein of the Green Party, Darrell Castle of the Constitution Party, Farley Anderson of the Independent American Party, Gloria La Riva of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Alyson Kennedy of the Socialist Workers Party, James Hedges of the Prohibtion Party, and Chris Keniston of the Veteran’s Party of America. (Note, the article makes an error stating that Virgil Goode was the Independent American Party’s nominee for president in 2012; in fact, Will Christensen was the party’s nominee. Christensen had ballot access in one state, Oregon (under the schismatic Constitution Party of Oregon’s banner) and write-in status in seven states. He earned 4,456 votes nationwide according to the U.S. Elections Atlas).
An excerpt of Russell’s article:
According to a May Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, almost half of registered voters would consider a generic third-party presidential nominee. A Gallup poll from September 2015 found that 60 percent of Americans want there to be a third-party, tied for the highest level since Gallup started asking the question in 2004.
So who are your third party presidential options in 2016? Here they are, organized by the number of votes they got in the 2012 election.
Libertarian Party — Gary Johnson
Party’s 2012 vote total: 1,275,971
Johnson, formerly a Republican, was governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003. In 1995, Johnson set a state and national record by vetoing 200 bills, 48 percent of the bills passed by the legislature that year. Johnson had no political experience before becoming governor. He owned one of the largest construction companies in New Mexico. In his personal life, Johnson spends a lot of time on personal fitness. He’s run several Ironman Triathlons and climbed Mount Everest. Johnson was also the Libertarian Party nominee in 2012, earning just less than 1 percent of the popular vote.