n two centuries of American politics, only 54 such candidates have ever received over one vote in a hundred. None won, and the only second place loss, Teddy Roosevelt, had already been President twice, before he ran as an outsider against his hand-picked successor, William Taft. He failed at the election, but succeeded in splitting the Republican vote so badly a Democrat became President for the first time in twenty years.
There’s No Such Thing As A Protest Vote
Clay Shirky

actually, abraham lincoln was a “third party” candidate (the republicans were going against the democrats and the whigs who ran the joint) and he won, so this is a load of shit.

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