Among New York's minor parties , the Independence Party line continues to slide in importance, with NNY final results showing Rep. Bill Owens drawing twice as many votes on the WFP line as Matt Doheny got on the Indy line.
The same was true in several upstate Congressional races, and of course the Indy line didn't even have a candidate for President. A few years back that was not the case.
New York's system of "fusion" voting allows candidates to combine the totals for the multiple lines they are on. It was thought "uniting" the GOP, Conservative and Indy lines would defeat Democrats.
It didn't and the Independence Party struggles for significance and will face a crossroads in 2014 as the gubernatorial race determines ballot status and position. Whether Governor Cuomo allows his name to be used for that purpose is unknown and its clear whatever token GOP challenger is chosen will not be a draw for the party that stands for not much of anything.