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2010: The year of the independent?

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, defeated in Alaska’s Republican primary, announces her write-in campaign Friday in Anchorage.  (Associated Press)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, defeated in Alaska’s Republican primary, announces her write-in campaign Friday in Anchorage. (Associated Press)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, defeated in Alaska’s Republican primary, announces her write-in campaign Friday in Anchorage.

Credit the tea party, our election system or just plain ambition, but 2010 is fast becoming the year for established candidates to shun the two major political parties.

Write-in or third-party candidates look to significantly shake things up in several major statewide races Nov. 2 -- and this week, yet another major candidate disclosed he may be adding his name to that list.

Republican Rep. Mike Castle said Wednesday that he "probably" would not wage a write-in candidacy for Delaware senator. But he also said he hasn't ruled the option out; he's pondering it, he said, "simply because it's there, simply because I've had a number of people who've asked that I do that." Castle, like Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska, lost his Republican primary campaign to an insurgent tea party candidate, and is looking at a write-in effort like the one Murkowski announced last week as a way back into the 2010 political fray.

Below is a roundup of some of the year's most significant independent candidates -- together with a look at their motivations and the odds that they'll prevail on Election Day. Rachel Rose Hartman

Have you ever voted for an Independent candidate?




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.









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