West Virginia has a recent tradition of third party candidates in statewide races. Rarely have they made a difference in the outcome, but that could change this year in the U.S. Senate race. It’s self-evident that either Democrat Gov. Joe Manchin or Republican John Raese will win, but Mountain Party candidate Jesse Johnson and Constitution Party candidate Jeff Becker are also on the ballot. Johnson and Becker both got a chance to participate in the only statewide debate of the race and each has garnered at least some media coverage, though Johnson has gotten more than Becker. Here is a brief history of how several non-traditional candidates have fared in races in recent elections . . .
Oct 25, 2010
From West Virginia Metro News: