To paraphrase Arrow's theorem of elections, there does not exist a fully satisfactory election process. There exist many bad schemes that often produce ridiculous results and there are a few good schemes (none of them perfect) that still occasionally produce ridiculuous results.
I propose that any good scheme must have the following properties:
*) A large number of initial candidates.
*) A voting procedure where all candidates are ranked sequentially, as opposed for voting for just one candidate.
*) Multiple rounds of debates and elections, trimming the candidates at a gradual rate.
*) The second-to-last election must have exactly 3 candidates and the last election must have exactly 2 candidates. If the final election has more than 2 candidates you will get ridiculuous results *most* of the time.
Te Republican candidates conducted a fair primary. The independent candidates should have joined the Republican or Democratic party and sought to achieve reform within the party, and they should have subjected themselves to the rigorous test of primaries. They have not been tested whereas the candidates that ran have. For independents to insert themselves into the election now is taking advantage of our imperfect election system and consitutes electoral terrorism. They deserve no respect.
The Libertarian Party held an incomplete primary covering only 6 states.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura won Governorships in elections with more than 2 candidates.
Votes Candidates States Popular Super Debates (millions) delegates delegates Democrat 31.22 3 50 4051 712 9 Republican 30.64 17 50 2472 0 12 Libertarian .03 13 6 n/a n/a 21 Green .02 6 35 402 0 4 Votes Vote % Delegates States Trump 14013998 44.9 1441 36 Cruz 7822100 25.1 551 11 Kasich 4290448 13.8 161 1 Rubio 3515576 11.3 173 1 Clinton 16912545 55.2 2842 28 Sanders 13206428 43.1 1865 22 O'Malley ? ? 0 0 Johnson 22642 59.6 n/a 5 McAfee 3391 8.9 n/a 0 Peterson 3066 8.1 n/a 0 Stein 13231 ? 269.5 34 Kreml ? ? 18.5 1 Democratic superdelegates: Clinton 570.5 Sanders 44.5 O'Malley 1 No endorsement 96The Green Party is not green. One of their planks is respect for the environment and the other 19 planks have nothing to do with the environment. A party schism is likely.