In 2002, Kurt Evans, a hooberite from central South Dakota, attended the state Libertarian convention and announced his intent to run as a Libertarian against Tim Johnson and John Thune for the US House. He had been a Thune fan until Thune expressed support for the No Child Left Behind Act, a piece of socialist legislation promoted by the most socialist prez (Geo. W.) we've had since FDR.
I couldn't discern a libertarian bone in Evans' body aside from the small one that reacted correctly to NCLB. But he circulated petitions and qualified for the ballot. As election day drew nearer and it became apparent that the race was tight, people pressured Evans, a la the Weiland-waffle waltz, to quit attempting to siphon votes from the potential savior of South Dakota, i. e. Thune.
Two weeks before the election, Evans announced he was withdrawing and asked his supporters to vote for Thune. 3000 folks who could stomach neither Johnson nor Thune still cast their votes for Evans. Johnson won by 527 votes. One can reasonably assume that had Evans' name not been on the ballot, at least 528 of the folks who voted for him would have held their noses and voted for Thune. I doubt any of them would have voted for Johnson.
I talked to Kurt when I heard he had announced he no longer wanted votes. He said he'd talked to Thune and had decided that Thune was a true Christian, and would be significant in the battle to stop the killing of the unborn. I don't suppose they discussed Thune's potential to be a significant figure in the slaughter and torture of hundreds of thousands of folks who had already been born. I still have the ability to be amazed at how some people can be bought off for the price of a pious smile.
Anyway, Kurt Evans has now announced that he will run as Independent against Thune for US Senate this year. Hmmmm. How exciting.