Why some of the candidates who lost the race for president ultimately had a bigger impact than many of those who won.
Nonpartisan group Americans Elect wants to mount a third-party challenge in Election 2012, and it just qualified for the California ballot. A third-party candidate could get traction, experts say.
Stanley Greenberg, a major Democratic pollster, says unhappy and undecided voters make a third-party presidential candidate likely in 2012, introducing uncertainty into the battle to control Congress.
With not a lot of enthusiasm for either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama, Ron Paul may become increasingly attractive to independent and cross-over voters. At least that's what his supporters are counting on.
To combat discontent with the political climate, Americans Elect aims to put the first directly nominated nonpartisan presidential candidate on the ballot, decided by an online convention.
As politicians and the media scramble to identify 'Occupy Wall Street' leaders, members of the protest movement are not playing along. But do they really need any? There are pros and cons to leaderless movements.
American voters are so tired of two-party stalemates that it's only a matter of time before an independent wins the White House. But 'winner-take-all' electoral rules limit candidates. Needed election reforms will give voters fairer representation in Congress and the White House.
Americans Elect, which is inviting the public to a virtual primary, faces daunting hurdles. But dissatisfaction with the partisan gridlock in Washington creates a favorable political climate.
The Donald has many interesting traits, from his hair to his shoes, but his strong showing in the GOP presidential field really reflects his outsider-ness. Many Americans can relate.