I've been meaning to ask this question for a while now, but forgot about it until the recent thread about the reason why some people refuse to vote for either Obama or McCain in the general election. I am hopeful, but not optimistic, that a third party will claw its way into relevance by the end of the century. The people that support such candidates are few and far between, and too many people who otherwise are open to the idea don't help advance it for fear of "wasting" a vote. However, there has been a trend towards independent voting in recent years, and as less and less people identify themselves as "Democrat" or "Republican," it probably means there's a better chance that some more votes will trickle to these other parties. Right now, for the most part, it's a major victory if a third party garners 5% in a general election. How long before this grows to double digits or - dare I even say it - a majority, if ever?