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John Romano column: How Florida's third-largest political party just ceased to exist



Times columnist John Romano follows up on news that the Independent Party of Florida is no more. An excerpt:

The party is over. No, really.

The third-largest political party in Florida ceased to exist this week. It was wiped out not by in-fighting or ideology but by a technicality that may or may not exist.

If that sounds odd, that's par for the course.

For the Independent Party of Florida has always been slightly off kilter. Not in its views — which are quite moderate — but in its influence.

The party boasted more than 250,000 voters in Florida, which made it 10 times larger than the Libertarian Party and almost 50 times larger than the Green Party.

And yet it rarely fielded candidates, much less winners.

Full column.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 4:32pm]


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