If Americans ever understand the threat a third party has to the status quo we would have a lot more people voting for them. The reason the Ds and R’s try so hard to keep third parties silenced and out of races is not a matter of trying to keep people from having an option as it would take away the biggest bullet in their guns.
Both parties have switched gears nowadays from trying to make you like them enough to vote for them to trying to demonize the other party enough for you to vote against the other party. By default, that forces you to vote for their party or just suppress the vote. If a third party became a viable option, they can no longer count on you to vote for them, when you vote against the other party. That scares them, it lessens their control.
We see this fear mongering every day from both parties. From the right it is stuff like if the D’s win they will take your guns or take your jobs by giving them to illegals. From the left it is if you vote R’s it means you are racist or want to keep the poor man down, it is making you the target of cancel culture.
You want the hate to stop? Vote third party, take their power away, and make them earn your vote.
To support my thoughts, this is the amount spent in my district for the MN-07 US Congressional seat (full disclosure, I am running for this seat in 2022). As you can see the amount spent attacking is almost double what was spent supporting, to include the candidates own campaign contribution. That is a lot more money spent on being against someone than for their candidate.
Source is from opensecrets.org
$5,447,513 spent by both campaigns combined
Outside money spent: $ 14,141, 493. $13,035,283 of which is from PACs directly connected to either party or their leadership.
Money spent from outside sources in support of candidate or party $1,144,628
Money spent from outside sources against a candidate or party $12,996,865
Just something to think about. When you are thinking about it, also consider how often in the last two presidential elections you heard that a vote for the third party was a vote for one party’s opponent? Where do you think those talking points came from?