Excerpts from Forbes Magazine – Doug Schoen – 7/4/14:
Could 2014 Be The Year Of The Independents?
It might just be.
…it comes as no surprise that voters desperately want the opportunity to change the political system and break the cycle of perpetual gridlock.
A record number of Americans identify as independents. The latest figures from the NBC News/WSJ poll have it at 42 percent. And although independent candidate still trail Democrats and Republicans in the generic ballots, there are a few independent candidates who could play a significant role in shifting the balance of power in this country.
The former mayor of Honolulu, Mufi Hannemann, is running for governor of Hawaii as an independent to appeal to voters across the political spectrum. Hannemann said, “I think clearly people are not happy with the way both major parties sometimes push folks to accept party platforms – or the rigidity of party platforms – either having to appeal to the far left or the far right. I’ve always been a moderate. I’ve always been a centrist. I’ve always been independent.”
I am not suggesting that our two party system is dead, but it is dying and in need of a shakeup. Independent and third party candidacies are an integral part of that shakeup.
All of this is to say that there is a great opportunity for independent candidates to make a splash in 2014…