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Since EV's are (mostly) awarded on a winner-take-all basis, such a third-party candidate would have to win at least a few states.  That is not easy.
by Zwackus on Thu Jun 2nd, 2016 at 06:36:25 PM EST
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An example of how this might happen would be if Kasich were to run and win his home state of Ohio. The Ohio  "sore loser" law only prevents someone who lost the primary there from running in the general. Kasich won the primary there.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jun 2nd, 2016 at 08:42:34 PM EST
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Were Kasich to run in Ohio he would be likely to run also in Pennsylvania and Indiana, perhaps elsewhere as well. I certainly have no sense of what might happen to EVs in that case.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Jun 3rd, 2016 at 12:17:27 AM EST
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A transformation is not supposed to be easy. But when it happens, the Universe conspires for you.

Given the usual bland personality choice among the candidates, a charismatic and socially savvy candidate would certainly draw attention regardless of political inclination - not unlike Trump now. There is definitely some vacuum bordering at electorate expectations.

by das monde on Thu Jun 2nd, 2016 at 11:46:57 PM EST
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