Could a third-party candidate decide the 2024 election?

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A group of centrists met last week to discuss the group No Labels' $70 million plan to put a candidate on the ballot in all 50 states in the 2024 presidential election. The group calls its project an "insurance policy" in case the Democratic and Republican parties both nominate "unacceptable" candidates next year, in a race that could result in a rematch between the current frontrunners, President Biden and former President Donald Trump, now far out front in GOP primary polls. No Labels co-chair Benjamin Chavis in The Hill said that the group isn't out to be a spoiler. If it runs a candidate, he says, it will be out to win.

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman, who was the Democratic vice presidential nominee on Al Gore's 2000 ticket but is now an independent, attended last week's meeting. He said No Labels hadn't decided whether it found any particular candidate unacceptable yet. "You know, it might be that we will take our common-sense, moderate, independent platform to him and the Republican candidate and see which one of them is willing to commit to it," Lieberman told The Washington Post. "And that could lead to, in my opinion, a No Labels endorsement."

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.