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Is This the Year a Third Party Could Make Progress at the Polls?

On yesterday’s program (Aug. 8, 2016), we heard from representatives of the Green Party after that group’s national convention was held in Houston over the weekend. In an election cycle where unconventional candidates have garnered much of the spotlight during both the Democratic and Republican primary seasons, does that also mean this is a year […]

Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaOn yesterday's program (Aug. 8, 2016), we heard from representatives of the Green Party after that group's national convention was held in Houston over the weekend.

In an election cycle where unconventional candidates have garnered much of the spotlight during both the Democratic and Republican primary seasons, does that also mean this is a year when a third party – like the Green Party or the Libertarian Party – could make significant gains on the political landscape?

Michael Hagerty talked with Mark Jones, political science professor at Rice University, who says – no matter what year it is – minor parties face an uphill climb.

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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