While the candidates and their supporters say they’re running to win, they could also act as political spoilers, peeling away key votes from either the Democratic or Republican nominee.
Democrats are keeping a close eye on Evan Falchuk. The Newton resident is running under the self-styled United Independent Party label.
Jeffrey McCormick is the founder of the venture capital investment firm Saturn Partners. He could pose problems for Republicans.
Political historian Thomas Whalen said that while the hurdles to victory are high for independent candidates, they can spell success or defeat for major party candidates even if they capture just a small slice of voters in a tight election.