Third-party candidates could tip vote
An X-factor in some key states
The third-party presidential contenders stand no shot of winning. But in hotly contested swing states, their presence on the ballot may alter the course of the election. In Virginia, former Congressman Virgil Goode’s crusade for the Oval office could draw conservatives and tip the state away from Mitt Romney. In “live free or die” New Hampshire, Libertarian Gary Johnson is a wild card, potentially siphoning votes from both Romney and President Obama. And in Colorado, where a marijuana initiative is on the ballot, Johnson’s support for legalizing marijuana could hurt Obama among young voters.