But in every race it earned at least 1 percent, the threshold required to earn Working Families a place on the ballot in 2008. It also gives the party, which fielded more candidates than any other minor party in the state, leverage to push its legislative agenda, Working Families leaders contend.
Of the 51 Democrats and Republicans cross-endorsed by the party - which meant their names appeared twice on the ballot - 42 won. In the 19 races where the party put up its own candidate, it got between 1.3 and 12.6 percent of the vote.
Jon Green, director of Connecticut Working Families, said the results were enough to bolster the party's strategy of earning places on the ballot, then cross-endorsing candidates who are sympathetic to unions, working-class families and the poor.
Using the same strategy in New York State, the Working Families Party has become a force to be reckoned with. NYS is a good example of how minor parties can gain influence through cross-endorsements. As the party grows voter trust in its choices could also grow. The cross endorsements can help major party candidates, and by voting for them on a minor party line voters can make their voices heard.
Now that the election is over WFP will focus getting legislation passed.
The party will now turn its attention to legislative initiatives such as universal health care and prepare for next year's municipal elections, where it thinks it can win seats on the Hartford city council.
It will be interesting to see how much their election results translate into political influence.
Spencer, Mark. "Results Delight Think-I-Can Party". Hartford Courant. 11/12/06