Early this morning, USA Today ran this article about three “credible” independent candidates running for governor this year, all of whom are running in New England states.
Included are Cutler; Lincoln Chafee, a former Rhode Island Republican; and Tim Cahill, a former Democrat and current treasurer of Massachusetts. The article points out that no independent candidate has been elected Governor for more than 10 years, since Jesse “The Body” Ventura was elected executive of Minnesota in 1999. Its been 12 years since Maine elected its last independent, Angus King, in 1998.
“One of the things we’re seeing this year is a voter revolt against the extremes in both parties and a desire to find candidates who can be elected from the middle and who can govern from the middle,” Cutler told USA Today.
King, the only candidate to win the governorship by a majority since 1982 (he ran away with almost 59 percent of the votes in ’98), is quoted in the article, saying that if the two major parties keep acting the way they do, Americans will “find other options.”
The article also includes new USA Today/Gallup numbers indicating that a full 60 percent of Americans are very or somewhat likely to vote for an independent this year. The numbers are interesting, but not very compelling, with a sample size was only 1,014. More people than that will probably vote for Alex Hammer.