Would you vote for a third party or independent if they could win?

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Would you for a third party/independent if they could win, without/despite the lesser evil dilemma?

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    Throwing the lesser evil dilemma and lack of winning independent/third party candidates out the window for a second, would you even want to vote for someone outside of the reigning parties if they matched your views more?
     
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    The problem is a third party can't win unless they get 50% of the vote.

    Anything less than that, no one would get a majority in Electoral College, and when the contest was tossed into Congress, it would be back to the two main parties.

    Now, here's where I'm at. Not that I agree with the Libertarian Nonsense- I don't. But I find Gary Johnson to be a more sensible guy than Clinton or Trump.
     
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    I'm voting 3rd Party Candidate...Trump.
     
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    I'm planning to vote third party even without a chance of winning, just as soon as I decide on a candidate I feel would actually make a decent President. Political parties have never been the point of the activity for me.
     
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    The only way a third party could win would be for one of the conventional parties to disband.

    Closest to that happening these days is the Republican Party. The "establishment" is old and tired but still bitterly clinging to the name. As they die off - none are immortal - the new talent should just walk away and start something new and different. It would, however, take 8-12 years and were The Democrat Party to continue to exist it would be illegal to even speak of another party.

    You're screwed - we old people are going to laugh at you as it all ceases to be of any importance to us. Unless, of course, we live in Chicago for reasons you probably should understand.
     
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    Back in my day, saying you were voting 3rd party was code for going to get high.
     
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    I'm usually more in line with the Democrats' foreign policy and the Republicans' domestic policy. Thus in 6 of 11 presidential elections I've gone against both major parties in voting for what I term, "None of the above". I would have settle for just about anybody over the choice between Obama and McCain in 2008.
     
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    At the federal level, I would be very happy to see Libertarians in control, and would happily vote Libertarian for all federal offices, if I thought I was voting for a candidate that had a realistic chance of winning. Though I do have some significant disagreements with certain Libertarian positions, I expect that any Libertarian would agree completely with me regarding those issues that they are issues where the federal government has no legitimate business being involved anyway, per the Tenth Amendment, and that those issues should be left to the states.

    Realistically, I know, however, that it will be either a Republican or a Democrat that will be elected to each office, that the Republican positions are much closer to mine than the Democrats', and that supporting a Libertarian candidate only takes votes away from the Republican, giving the advantage to the Democrat.
     
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    If this is the IF game..not reality, then my answer would be yes.
     
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    I don't vote for people based on whether they can win, so I've voted third party a few times.

    No such thing as a wasted vote, despite what the partisans say.
     
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