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Rise Of Independents Revives Hope For Third Party In White House

The rise of registered independents in Arizona and across the country has revived the hope that some have for a third party to either win the White House or make a race much more interesting.

In 1992, businessman H. Ross Perot finished third to Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, but still collected 19 percent of the vote.

Since then, we’ve seen Ralph Nader labeled a spoiler, and Evan McMullin took a significant chunk of GOP-leaning voters in Utah.

And some disaffected Republicans and Democrats have started a new party in Utah called the United Utah Party. In a few minutes, we’ll hear from the founder.

First, I turn to Alexandra Reckendorf, political scientist at Virginia Commonwealth University, to speak more generally about third parties.

At the end of that conversation, we referenced the United Utah Party. And now we check in with Richard Davis, United Utah Party’s chairman.

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Steve Goldstein was a host at KJZZ from 1997 to 2022.