3rd Party Candidates Pushing 20%
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As the campaign goes on, more voters are running away from the two front-running candidates to other, much lesser-known, third-party candidates.
- An Associated TV/Zogby International poll released last week showed McCain leading Obama 42 percent to 41 percent – leaving 17 percent either undecided or leaning to third-party candidates.
- A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll had Obama with 47 percent to McCain’s 43, leaving 10 percent to mostly third-party candidates when only Libertarian Party nominee Bob Barr and Peace and Freedom Party nominee Ralph Nader are included in the choices. As other third-party candidates are added to the mix, the disaffection from the presumptive Democratic and nominees grows.
Nader is polling between 3 percent and 8 percent in various surveys. Barr reaches as high as 5 points. Most polls have not given prospective voters the opportunity of choosing any of the third-party options and those that have included only Nader, Barr and Cynthia McKinney of the .
Excluded from all major polls to date are Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin or America’s Independent Party Candidate . All of those options and others will be included in polling to be conducted this weekend by WorldNetDaily and Zogby.