DThe American group “No Labels” will not field an independent third-party candidate for the presidential election. The Association of Democratic and Republican Activists and Politicians announced this on Thursday. A statement said Americans are “more open than ever” to an independent, but they have not found a candidate with a “credible path to victory.” Therefore, the “responsible thing to do” is to withdraw.

Sofia Dreisbach

North American political correspondent based in Washington.

“No Labels” had planned to propose a moderate Republican and a Democrat for president and vice president, citing, among other things, the poor approval ratings for Joe Biden and Donald Trump. However, the group was unable to attract prominent politicians to this project. Candidates who dropped out of the Republican race, Nikki Haley and Chris Christie, among others, declined to run for “No Labels.”

The Democratic Party had repeatedly warned that a third-party candidate would favor Trump's victory. “No Labels” rejected this. Since 1968, no third-party candidate has managed to get the most votes in a state. However, the result can certainly influence the outcome of the election, especially in a close race like that predicted between Biden and Trump.