We’ve seen reports that most voters don’t necessarily want incumbents or extreme partisans. To continue the speculative reading of the average voters’ collective mind, we bring you this, a report that calls 2010 The Year of the Independent. The predicted fervor for independent candidates is based on the factors listed above.

This leaves room for what [political consultant Julian] Mulvey calls the “rebellion of the responsible center” — a chance for candidates to fill the ideological space vacated by major-party politicians who have moved to the right or the left to attract primary voters.

[Gubernatorial candidate Eliot] Cutler told POLITICO that he plans to capitalize on that in his campaign in Maine.

“The [Democrats and Republicans] nominated very extreme candidates, at the far end of both parties,” he said of Democratic nominee Libby Mitchell and GOP standard-bearer Paul LePage. “What that means for a candidate like me … it’s really liberating, because I say what I think, I don’t sugarcoat anything, and I don’t have to balance what one group wants against what another group wants.”

Even amid record levels of voter frustration with the major political parties, third-party candidates have an uphill climb. An independent hasn’t been elected governor of a state since 1998, when two, Minnesota’s Jesse Ventura and Maine’s Angus King, won. In the Senate, there are just two independents: Vermont’s Bernie Sanders and Connecticut’s Joe Lieberman.

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