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If a third-party candidate can’t take off in this election, it’s never going to happen

If a third-party candidate can’t take off in this election, it’s never going to happen

Good Saturday to you all. This is Matthew Fleischer, digital editor of The Times’ Opinion section, filling in once again for Paul Thornton.

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It was not a good week for those holding out hope of breaking America’s two-party grip on our democracy. Despite what are undoubtedly the least popular major-party candidates in our electoral history in Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, America’s alternative party hopefuls found a way to effectively kill any lingering...

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