If 3rd Party Can’t Score In This Sad Season, When?

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STAUNTON, Va. — If a third-party candidate can’t score points in Virginia’s scandal-scarred gubernatorial election this fall, is there any hope for breaking the two-party stranglehold on Virginia politics?

That’s what’s at stake for 36-year-old Robert Sarvis, the Harvard- and Cambridge-educated Libertarian candidate.

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With virtually no name recognition and just $2,002 in his campaign account as of July 1, Sarvis hopes his obscure campaign catches hold in a nasty race between Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

Both Cuccinelli and McAuliffe are dogged by lingering scandals.

If Sarvis can get just 10 percent, he hopes he can qualify for inclusion in debates and official Libertarian Party recognition in Virginia as a political party.

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