received a total of 34,337,096 votes versus Nixon
's 34,108,546. This is a difference of 168,550. A third party
candidate received 502,363 votes. Of course, Kennedy
won handily on the electoral college
front, but this was also the result of a lot of nail-biter
local counts. So here, if some of those that voted for the independent
candidate had shifted their votes, we might have had a different outcome
Now we stand on the brink of another razor-thin election. If you want to vote for Nader, Buchanan, Haeglin, Brown, LaRouche, or whomever, then do it because you want to voice your support for that candidate or a certain philosophy. Do it because you want to see the Green Party get federal funding next time around.
But don't think that your vote makes no difference. If there's one thing that every politician bases a campaign on, it's poll numbers and voting records. If yours is the one vote that turns a 49.99% rating into a 50% rating, you can be damn sure it will make a difference. Maybe not a big one, but at least you said something you believed in.