Originally Posted by Don Zeko
Fair points all, but this still sounds easy compared to the uphill slog facing third parties in the US. After all, Ross Perot managed to get 19% of the vote in 1992, but he didn't win a majority in any state and his candidacy didn't lead to a party that was able to capture any seats in the national legislature at all. Ditto for the US Green Party, which, at the height of its national vote share in 2000, discovered that less than 3% of the vote was enough to have catastrophic bad effects on the party's policy objectives.
The Reform Party! Let's see how that movement did:
1996 – Ross Perot and Pat Choate - 8,085,402 votes
2000 – Pat Buchanan and Ezola B. Foster - 448,895 votes
2004 – Ralph Nader and Peter Miguel Camejo - 465,650 votes
2008 – Ted Weill and Frank McEnulty - 481 votes
I forgot about Nader running under Perot's banner. I guess he wasn't that serious about the Green Party after all.