3-Way Races Complicate Political Calculus

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (C) greets diners at Louie's Steak and Seafood restaurant on October 31, 2010 in Kenai, Alaska. Murkowski is defending her Senate seat as a write-in candidate. (John Moore/Getty)

Competitive three-way races continue to be a rarity, but the introduction of the Tea Party has increased those numbers this election season. In states where they are taking place, third-time has not proved a charm for political analysts.Instead, it has skewed the numbers and may lead to surprising results in some critical races.

In Alaska, analysts see Tea Party Republican candidate Joe Miller splitting the moderate to liberal Republican vote between incumbent Lisa Murkowski, running as a write-in candidate, and Democrat Scott McAdams. Florida may prove a mirror-image to Alaska's three-way race: Republican Tea Party candidate Marco Rubio polls as the most likely to win the Senate seat, but after a nod from former President Bill Clinton, Gov. Charlie Crist looks set to take some ballots away from Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek.

We speak with Libby Casey, Washington correspondent for Alaska Public Radio Network and Beth Reinhard from The Miami Herald.

Guests:

Libby Casey and Beth Reinhard

Produced by:

Kateri A. Jochum

Comments [1]

So... we should remain a largely two-party system to make the analyst's work easier?
There's a reason 'analyst' is spelled the way it is...

There should be three or four or more major parties. It's stop a lot of BS.

Nov. 02 2010 08:07 PM

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