Third party

Larry Pressler’s Independent Streak
Former pol intent on creating viable third party

Former South Dakota Sen. Larry Pressler poses for a picture in his home office in Washington, D.C. (Warren Rojas/Roll Call)

Onetime Republican lawmaker Larry Pressler attempted to shake up the establishment in 2014, plotting a return to Capitol Hill nearly 20 years after leaving office.  

Only this time, he decided to try his luck as an independent candidate.  

Kristol's Pick David French Passes on Presidential Run
French had been promoted as conservative alternative to Donald Trump

David French, his wife Nancy, and their children watch election results during Mitt Romney's election night gathering in Boston in 2012. (Alex Wong/Getty Images file photo)

Well, that was quick.  

Less than a week after he had emerged as Bill Kristol's independent candidate for president, conservative writer David French announced that he's not running .

Third Party Possibilities Say 'Not Me'
Speculation swirls about a Kristol-backed conservative challenger to Trump

Several top contenders for a #NeverTrump nomination continued to insist Tuesday that they were not interested, but that hasn't dampened growing speculation that a third-party candidate will materialize before the November election.  

The not-me list includes Sen. Ben Sasse, an outspoken Trump critic, whose spokesman said Tuesday that he would not run — and that nothing has changed since the last time the Nebraska Republican said he wasn't running. Three top recruits  said to be considering the prospect of an independent run have decided against it, according to The Huffington Post, which did not name the potential candidates in question.  

Libertarian Johnson a Wild Card in Already Wild Presidential Race
Clinton, Trump's high unfavorables leave opening for ex-New Mexico governor

Two days into his official presidential campaign, newly nominated Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson is already presenting himself as a potential dark horse candidate in what has been a hugely unpredictable election year.   

Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico, said in a CNN interview Tuesday that his campaign would offer "the best of both worlds" between two unusually unpopular rivals . He also promised to campaign hard against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, a vow he sealed by blowing a kiss.  

Poll: Troops Want Gen. Mattis to Run
Majority of those surveyed in Military Times poll want retired four-star general to head third-party effort

Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, left, then commander of the U.S. Central Command, and Navy Adm. William McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee in 2012. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis has ruled out running a third-party bid for president this year, but the troops wish he would.  

In a Military Times survey released Tuesday, 52 percent of its readers said Mattis would be a positive influence in the race and 16 percent said his entry would have an negative one. A third said a Mattis campaign would not make a difference.  

Don’t Count Out Third-Party Candidates
Republican anti-Trump candidate could be 'Lesser of two evils' campaign

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is running a third-party presidential candidate as a Libertarian. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Mainstream Republicans are hunting for a third-party candidate to run against presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump in the general election, a last-ditch effort that could cost Trump votes, but could also pull them away from Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.  

According to FiveThirtyEight , more than half the electorate has a low opinion of Trump: The percentage of those who have a "strongly unfavorable" opinion of the billionaire businessman was an unprecedented 53 percent in polls taken within the past month. But Clinton's numbers are also unprecedented — while she trails Trump in the “strongly unfavorable” category by double digits, her 37 percent disapproval rating would be the second-highest of any presidential nominee.