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Third-Party Dean

Stanley: Don’t a lot of states have “sore loser” laws preventing losing candidates for a party’s nomination from running for the same office with a different party in the general election? That makes the third-party-campaign-by-Dean a lot less likely (as do Dean’s repeated repudiations of the idea). It may be, on the other hand, that Dean’s losing the nomination would a) make the convention ugly, b) depress liberal turnout for the Democratic nominee, and c) make it more likely that Nader will run and win liberal votes. If Lieberman’s the nominee, all those things are much more likely.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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