We continue our series of “you play the political analyst” posts this week with this one, in which we ask:
* What role will the third candidate on the gubernatorial ballot, Libertarian Robert Sarvis, play in this fall’s election?
Some possible questions to consider:
* If you view the Cuccinelli-McAuliffe race as a choice between two candidates with lots of baggage (and partisans of either side may not), how much does Sarvis benefit by being a “none of the above” option?
* Or, are the two major party candidates so unacceptable to the other side that some people will hold their nose and vote for one of them simply to keep the other out — fearing that a vote for Sarvis would be a wasted vote?
* Or, put another way, do you think Sarvis will poll enough votes to make the difference in the race? And who does he take the most votes from — the Democrat or the Republican? Or will he simply get votes that otherwise wouldn’t have been cast?
(Feel free to come up with some other questions; just trying to prod the conversation along here.)
On Monday, we invited readers to assess the Cuccinelli-McAuliffe race so far. You can still weigh in on that thread here.