Party affiliation may be losing its appeal.
More and more voters are registering as independents while the number of Democratic and Republican voters declines, according to a new study by USA Today.
The analysis found that since the 2008 elections, more than 2.5 million voters left both the major parties. Democrats lost the bulk of that, with 1.7 million people leaving the party since 2008.
Meanwhile, the number of independents has grown by 400,000 in that time.
The figures are a potential boost to anybody thinking of running as a third-party candidate. But independents are still a minority in the 28 states that register by party — there are 24 million independents, compared with 30 million Republicans and 42 million Democrats.
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