I don’t think it’s controversial to state that Donald Trump is hated by the Republican Party and Bernie Sanders is not the candidate of choice for the Democratic Party, even if we might quibble over the reasons those things are true.
What would happen if Sanders and Trump both ran as independents?
Sanders and Trump both are able to raise and/or spend the money it takes to compete for the Presidency, plus if both candidates are running as independents, neither can be accused of throwing the election to the other party.
Tossing aside how likely or unlikely this is, how would a four-way race with each candidate on the ballot in every state go?
I personally think such a scenario favors Clinton over the other three in a general election, mainly because I think that Trump would take more Republicans than Bernie would siphon off Democrats and independent voters would probably not as a whole favor one person much more than another, but I am open to other theories.
Also, would such a thing be good for this country’s democracy, actually getting away from the two-party dominance, or bad since it might mean that a president be elected with only a third of the country’s support? How would the electoral college handle such a thing?