Independent candidates petition directly on the general election ballot, except in California and Washington, which hold "top-two" primary elections. Unite America's Executive Director, Nick Troiano, had this to say about Steve's win last night:
“In the first statewide contest of the 2018 election cycle that included an independent candidate, voters overwhelming supported the candidate who campaigned on taking a non-partisan, problem-solving approach to his job.
We’ve long known that voters say they would like to have a new option on their ballot. Steve Poizner’s primary victory for California Insurance Commissioner now demonstrates voters will, in fact, support a credible and viable third option.
There is a ‘red, white and blue wave’ building among an electorate that is eager to support candidates who put people above party.
We congratulate Steve on his historic primary win, which gives him an opportunity to become the first independent statewide elected official in the largest state in our country. Steve is helping to pave the way forward for a national independent movement.”
Poizner's victory comes on the tails of recent news that independent voters in California, who now comprise 25% of the electorate, recently eclipsed number of Republican voters in California, comprising about 25% of the electorate. Independent voters now outnumber either Democrats or Republicans in 18 of 32 states where such data is available, including 9 states where independent voters comprise a plurality of the electorate, according to Ballot Access News.
Nationally, 258 independent candidates have filed to run for state and federal office in 2018, according to Ballotpedia.
Unite America has endorsed and is supporting five candidates for statewide office who will be on the November ballot, including:
- Governor Bill Walker, running for re-election in Alaska
- Businessman Greg Orman, running for Governor of Kansas
- State Treasurer Terry Hayes, running for Governor of Maine
- Businessman Neal Simon, running for US Senate in Maryland
- Attorney Craig O’Dear, running for US Senate in Missouri