Third Party Power

State Senator Serph Maltese got 14,235 votes on the Republican line in his re-election bid against Albert Baldeo, who ran on the Democratic line and got 17,046 votes.

In most states, that would have made Baldeo the winner.

But here in New York, where the bizarre practice of cross-endorsing is considered normal, 1,621 Independence Party votes plus another 2,084 Conservative Party votes carried Maltese across the finish line.

Note the absence of another well-known third party: Working Families. They didn’t make any endorsement in this race, seeing Baldeo, a relatively unknown, under-funded candidate as too much of a long-shot to help.

Oh well.

— Azi Paybarah

Third Party Power