When New Jersey voters go to the polls in November, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won’t be the only names they’ll see on the ballot in the Presidential race. There are seven other candidates. Being affiliated with groups such as the American Delta Party, the Constitution Party, and the World Workers Party may make them unfamiliar to many voters, but Monmouth University political analyst Patrick Murray says they could get some support from people dissatisfied with both of the major party nominees.
“There are a number of voters who simply can’t bring themselves to pull the lever or punch the button for either Trump or Clinton,” Murray said.
Rider University political science professor Ben Dworkin isn’t sure how much that discontent will help the other candidates.
“I don’t think that people use their vote for the presidency as a protest. If you just don’t like any of the choices, you don’t vote for any of them,” he said.
Analysts say only about one or two percent of voters in the Garden State cast their ballots for third party presidential candidates in previous elections.
Montclair State University political science professor Brigid Harrison isn’t sure there will be much of an increase this year, even though Trump and Clinton are setting records for the percentage of voters adamently against them.
“I don’t know that you’re going to see the larger numbers of dissent votes that you would see in other states. I would find it fascinating if the total of those candidates receive more than two or three percent total,” she said.