Michael Bloomberg, no surprise here, said he won’t run for president as an independent candidate this year, noting that he can’t win (correct) and would if anything help the candidacy of Donald Trump (also correct). But that didn’t stop us from our weekly trivia question: In the past hundred years, what third-party or independent presidential candidate captured the largest percentage of the vote?
Submit your answer in the box below. We’ll pick a winner at random from the bunch. The winner will get a fabulous Political Junkie button. And don’t forget to sign up for our Political Junkie newsletter. You’ll get all the latest from Team PJ every issue.
Last week’s question was: Who was the last candidate who had the most votes in the primaries but failed to win his or her party’s presidential nomination that year?
The answer: Hillary Clinton. In 2008, she decided to put her name on the ballot in Michigan, when Barack Obama, and every other Democratic candidate, avoided doing so in order to honor the DNC’s decision to punish the Wolverine State for holding its primary earlier than allowed by party rules. Because she was the only candidate on the Michigan ballot, her numbers allowed her to finish with more primary votes than Obama — 17,822,145 votes to 17,535,458.
The randomly selected winner is … Cody Baetz of Louisville, Ky. Cody wins the coveted Political Junkie button.