Did Third Parties Play Spoiler in the Election? Here Are the States and Races Most Affected

Third party candidates may have played spoiler in several key states where President-elect Joe Biden narrowly defeated President Donald Trump and in several Senate races where incumbent Republicans won by small margins.

by Thomas Catenacci

The Libertarian Party, Constitution Party and other third parties received tens of thousands of votes in key swing states during the election, which could have altered the outcome of several races had supporters instead favored a mainstream candidate.

At the top of the ticket, President-elect Joe Biden, who was declared the winner of the 2020 election Saturday, narrowly defeated President Donald Trump in battleground states in the Midwest and Southwest, which the president won in 2016, according to The New York Times. Libertarian Party nominee Jo Jorgensen received enough votes to make up the difference between Biden and Trump in many key swing states.

“Today I am reflecting on what a whirlwind this campaign has been, 2020 was a year unlike any other,” Jorgensen tweeted on Nov. 4. “Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for joining us at our rallies, volunteering your time, and working so diligently to make this campaign a success.”

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