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« on: April 26, 2017, 04:15:54 pm »
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Apropos of nothing, I got interested in geographically "concentrated" candidates- those third-party efforts who got an unusually large proportion of their national vote in one or two places. It might be interesting to list a few and figure out why this happens.

Evan McMullin (2016)

33 percent of all McMullin votes came from Utah; another 6 percent in Idaho.

Ralph Nader (1996)

35 percent of all Nader votes came from California; another 9 percent in Washington and 7 percent in Oregon. The West Coast gave Nader a majority of his votes nationwide. (For comparison, in 2000 when Nader was much more popular in relative terms, only 21 percent of his votes came from the West Coast)

Bo Gritz (1992)

27 percent of Gritz's votes came from Utah; another 17 percent in Louisiana and 10 percent from Idaho.

Henry Wallace (1948)

44 percent of all Wallace votes came from New York; another 16 percent in California.

Any others people can think of?
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2017, 09:56:11 pm »
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Socialist candidate Norman Thomas in 1936 received 46% of his vote from New York

Dixiecrat Strom Thurmond gained 54.9% of his vote in the deep south states of South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana. He also gained 9% more of his total vote in Texas in 1948

T. Coleman Andrews of the States Rights party in 1956 gained about 39% of its vote in Virginia and about 17% in Tennessee.

1832 Anti-Masonic candidate William Wirt got 66% of his vote in Pennsylvania.

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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2017, 04:06:57 am »
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Socialist candidate Norman Thomas in 1936 received 46% of his vote from New York

Dixiecrat Strom Thurmond gained 54.9% of his vote in the deep south states of South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana. He also gained 9% more of his total vote in Texas in 1948

T. Coleman Andrews of the States Rights party in 1956 gained about 39% of its vote in Virginia and about 17% in Tennessee.

1832 Anti-Masonic candidate William Wirt got 66% of his vote in Pennsylvania.



The Anti-Masonry movement was key to flipping a lot of rural counties in the Mid Atlantic to the Whigs that possibly would have been likely to side with the Jacksonians against the "elitist Whigs". They instead swept up a lot of support in PA, NY and even parts of New England like VT and then rolled into the Whigs and if memory serves me, provided a substantial base within the Whig Party that supported Harrison but I might be mistaken on that.

It is definitely something that could use a good deal more analysis especially in comparison to the talk in current times in the UK of voters going Labour>UKIP>Conservative. So the notion of a third party movement taking a group of voters from a major party and bridging them to the other major party, is presently in the news. 
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2017, 11:35:49 am »
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13% of Hillary's votes came from California...that was enough to give her the popular vote.
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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2017, 12:12:09 pm »
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John Schmitz (1972) got a disproportionate number of votes from Idaho, I believe.
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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2017, 11:50:07 pm »
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13% of Hillary's votes came from California...that was enough to give her the popular vote.

That's about the same percentage of Americans who come from California. Your point?
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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2017, 06:56:20 pm »
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In 1980, Libertarian Ed Clark received 2% of his total vote from Alaska, finishing with 11.66% in that state (his second highest percentage, 2.70%, came in Montana).
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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2017, 06:57:01 pm »
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John Schmitz (1972) got a disproportionate number of votes from Idaho, I believe.
Yes, in fact in Madison County, ID Schmitz outpolled McGovern, 17% to 14%.
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