No Labels Officially Pulls Plug on Campaign

( – The Biden campaign is happy about an announcement from the No Labels group on April 4 announcing the end of their presidential ambitions. The group had previously planned to offer a “Unity ticket” for the 2024 presidential election, but founder and CEO Nancy Jacobson said they were ending their campaign last week due to lack of popular candidates to run on the ticket.

Jacobson is the wife of former Republican strategist Mark Penn. The couple wanted to encourage unity and commonsense and said that they will continue to do so from the sidelines. In the statement announcing the end of their bid, the group said they were only going to continue if they had a credible path to victory, which they did not.

The group opposed both major candidates, and this election will undoubtedly raise criticism regarding the fairness of the two-party system. Many voters will begrudgingly cast their ballots, and many will actively vote against the candidate they despise the most in November.

Third parties are frequently overlooked by voters, members of the press, and the major parties. Presidential debates will frequently leave them uninvited, as both parties are concerned that the candidate will take their potential voters away. The only third party candidate in this cycle with name recognition will be Robert F. Kennedy Jr.; RFK had initially attempted to challenge Biden in the Democratic primary, but party bosses interfered, forcing him to run as an independent.

The last time we had a major third party candidate was Ross Perot in 1992. Perot spent $60 million in pre-pandemic dollars ($128 million today) to get himself on all 50 state ballots. He pulled roughly 20% of the popular vote, and many blamed him for spoiling George H.W. Bush’s reelection.

RFK is currently pulling 20% in national polls, and is still facing the challenge of getting listed on all 50 state ballots. Observers believe RFK is more likely to pull support from Biden, heightening Trump’s chances of securing the presidency.

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