'If You Can Keep It': The Role Of Third-Party Candidates In The 2024 Election : 1A Third parties and third-party candidates are not a new phenomenon in American politics. But this year, the stakes of their candidacies are especially high.

The list of third-party candidates running this year includes Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Cornel West, both of whom are running as Independents. Jill Stein returns to the campaign trail as a representative of the Green Party.

What role do third parties play in elections? And how could they influence this year's presidential one—even if they don't win it?

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'If You Can Keep It': The Role Of Third-Party Candidates In The 2024 Election

'If You Can Keep It': The Role Of Third-Party Candidates In The 2024 Election

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Third parties and third-party candidates are not a new phenomenon in American politics. But this year, the stakes of their candidacies are especially high.

The list of third-party candidates running this year includes Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Cornel West, both of whom are running as Independents. Jill Stein returns to the campaign trail as a representative of the Green Party.

What role do third parties play in elections? And how could they influence this year's presidential one—even if they don't win it?

Find more of our programs online. Listen to 1A sponsor-free by signing up for 1A+ at plus.npr.org/the1a.