“The discontent that I see in the community — they were the ones who asked me to run because they don’t feel our needs have been represented for the last 14 years,” Ms. Iglesias said.
Another problem for the Democratic incumbent: Ms. Iglesias won the random drawing to determine which candidate’s name will be listed first, which means that she will appear ahead of Mrs. Sanchez and Mr. Tran.
The major-party candidates in the Senate race in Illinois each have their own third-party candidate to worry about. For Democrat Alexi Giannoulias, it’s Green Party candidate LeAlan Jones, who’s polling 4 percent of the vote. For Republican Mark Steven Kirk, it’s Libertarian Mike Labno, who’s holding steady at 3 percent, according to a Public Policy Polling survey released Wednesday.
Either one of the third-party candidates is poised to snare enough voters to decide the race. Currently, Mr. Kirk leads Mr. Giannoulias, but barely, by a margin of 42 percent to 40 percent, with 10 percent of voters undecided.
Most third-party candidates don’t find themselves the target of an ad campaign, but that’s not the case with Mr. Ashjian in Nevada.
Mr. Ashjian, who’s running as the Tea Party of Nevada candidate, has been attacked by the Tea Party Express for reputedly running a fake campaign to draw votes from Republican Sharron Angle.
“None of us has ever heard of you or even seen you at a tea party rally,” says the ad’s narrator. “We think you’re a fraud who’s trying to split the vote and help re-elect Harry Reid.”
Mr. Ashjian, who’s done multiple media interviews, insists that he’s running a legitimate campaign. It didn’t help his reputation when Patriot Majority, a pro-Reid group, began running radio ads attacking Mrs. Angle and emphasizing that Mr. Ashjian’s tea party candidacy.
“Scott Ashjian is still running against Angle and Harry Reid,” the ad says.
Polls show Mr. Reid and Mrs. Angle are locked in a statistical dead heat, with Mr. Ashjian garnering 2 percent of the vote. It’s not enough to win him the race, but it could be enough for Mrs. Angle to lose it.