Can 3rd Party Candidates Win?

By Jason Marder

Republican candidate Charlie Baker and incumbent Governor Deval Patrick have spent much of the campaign season using Independent candidate Tim Cahill’s campaign to their advantage while damaging their opponent.  But what about the man in the middle?  Political analysts agree that Tim Cahill’s role will ultimatley be the spoiler and that without a ground-swell of public support or the financial resources of a major political parties even a finish beyond a predicted low double-digits will be a shock.

Is Tim Cahill just not the right candidate at the right time?  Are major parties incapable of mounting an effective 3-way campaign strategy?  Or do the major party candidates cover the spread of voter needs making a 3rd candidate unnecessary?

Boston University’s Statehouse correspondent Jason Marder took a look at the issue.

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