Gary Johnson and Third Parties: Why The Two-Party System Fears Them post

The Fear of Change: Gary Johnson and Third Parties

Ever since Ralph Nader’s infamous impact on the 2000 presidential election, both the Democratic and Republican parties have feared an influential third party candidate. While third parties provide hope for independent voters, the establishment is worried about the threat to its power. Party leaders see the grim possibility of the spoiler effect, in which a minor independent or third party candidate draws votes away from a major candidate, affecting the outcome of an election.