While President Donald Trump and former vice-president Joe Biden are the ruling Republican and Democrat nominees for the 2020 U.S. election, various third-party candidates will also appear on some ballots.

A rapper, a former child actor and an ex-coal executive who served time in prison are among the third-party and independent candidates running for president this year.

While independent and third-party candidates don’t usually appear on enough ballots to secure the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency, they do have the potential to impact who wins the election.

In 2016, more than 7.6 million Americans cast their votes for someone other than Republican nominee Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson received the most support among third-party hopefuls with nearly 4.5 million votes or 3.3 per cent of the electorate.

Despite their chances of winning being slim, third-party and independent candidates also work to raise awareness about certain issues they are most passionate about in hopes they gain enough support so that one or both of the major parties eventually adopt that cause.

While there are various independent candidates running in single states, CTVNews.ca looks at some of the main third-party candidates who will be on the ballot in multiple states come Nov. 3.


Roque ‘Rocky’ De La Fuente is the Alliance Party candidate nominee for U.S. president. His running mate is Darcy Richardson.

The 65-year-old businessman has previously run for a number of different offices across the country including U.S. president in 2016, mayor of New York City, the U.S. House in California earlier this year and the U.S. Senate in nine different states.

De La Fuente is also the Reform Party and American Independence Party nominee. His running mate, Darcy Richardson, is an author, historian, and activist.

De La Fuente is calling for voters to reject America’s two-party system and supports a single-payer health-care system, comprehensive immigration reform and investments in renewable energy.

De La Fuente and Richardson will appear on the 2020 general election ballot in 15 states and will run a write-in campaign in three others. He is on the ballot in California as the American Independence Party nominee, with Kanye West as his running mate.

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