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The Weirdest Third-Party Candidates in US History

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Wacky presidential candidates are a dime a dozen these days, with every megalomaniac with a YouTube account proclaiming to the masses that they have the key to unlock America's potential. Ever since the dawn of media, hoax and joke campaigns have kept Americans entertained during tense election years and poked satirical holes in the flawed system. (Candidates like "Nobody," Deez Nuts, and Limberbutt McCubbins come to mind.) 

Yet some third-party candidates throughout history have taken their campaigns for the highest office in the land very seriously. Whether their fringe political beliefs seemed intriguing or insane and their policies compelling or crazy, they fought tooth and nail for the miniscule number of votes not guaranteed to one of the two major parties. From ultra conservatives to ultra liberals, from Nazi supporters to drag queens, from Pentecostal pastors to Transcendental Meditation practitioners, the group of people who have tossed their hats into the presidential ring is as diverse as the American populace itself. 

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