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For over a year you’ve heard Democrat Jim Justice and Republican Bill Cole trade ideas, insults and jokes. 


The two main candidates. The ones picked to lead the two main parties.
 
But some of you aren’t satisfied with the candidates running now..  or even candidates that have run in the past. 
 
 “I want a Governor that cares more about West Virginia in years past,” said resident William Rouse.
 
West Virginia hasn’t elected a Republican governor in 20 years; the last being Governor Cecil Underwood, who finished his tenure in 2000.    This may make Bill Cole’s job a tough one.   

 In recent years, election leaders are noticing a changing in how people vote in the state.    They’re looking for change.   Could that open the door for something more more uncommon–a third party governor?
 
Two of West Virginia’s third party candidates think it’s possible.   They feel change starts with the debates.
 
“I think it’s undemocratic. In a true democracy in other countries they don’t even have a term for third party. Even Russia has two candidates. So are we putting ourselves in the same part as Russia when we will not allow the third parties to be heard,” said Mountain Party candidate Charlotte Pritt.
 
“If it’s about issues, then everybody has issues. I had to get 7,000 signatures to get on the ballot. Those are 7,000 people who wanted me to have a seat at the table,” said Constitution Party candidate Phil Hudok.
 
No third party candidate has been elected Governor of West Virginia since the 1800’s when John Jeremiah Jacob ran as an independent for his second term. His first-he ran as a Democrat.
 
But why? A July 2016 Gallup Poll shows only 17% of Americans were satisfied with the way country is going, including the election.
 
So why don’t third party candidates get more traction? 
 
“Americans are pragmatic. and in the end they don’t want to quote throw their vote away. Now let me quickly add that I don’t consider that a vote thrown away. They only vote that is thrown away is a vote not cast,” said Dr. Larry Sabato.
 
Pritt says Justice and Cole are roughly the same person.

“The reason the third party candidates are being excluded is because we are the only parties of the people. The other two candidates, the main party candidates, as they both say, are both corporatists.”
 
But Dr. Sabato says it goes deeper than that.


 “Americans are pragmatic. and in the end they don’t want to quote throw their vote away. Now let me quickly add that I don’t consider that a vote thrown away. They only vote that is thrown away is a vote not cast,” said Dr. Larry Sabato.
 
Pritt says Justice and Cole are roughly the same person.
 
“The reason the third party candidates are being excluded is because we are the only parties of the people. The other two candidates, the main party candidates, as they both say, are both corporatists.”
 
But Dr. Sabato says it goes deeper than that.
 
 “Part of it is party identification in fact over 90 percent have at least a weak party identification, many have a strong party identification and they simply go along with their party identification.”
 
Hudok is running for the constitution party and David Moran is running as the Mountain Party nominee.
 
The voters we spoke with say they would consider a third party candidate if they promised real change.

“I’d definitely vote for them. I think cole and justice are just frauds. They’re dirty businessmen,” said resident Logan Mullins.

“I think a viable third party candidate would be great for WV. The top two party candidates are not posing a very good option for WV,” said resident Eric Lester. 
 
Will West Virginians elect a third party candidate? We’ll find out on November 8th.

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