For weeks, polls have consistently shown Tancredo in second place. A few have shown him nipping at the Democratic front-runner’s heels. In late October, Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm, showed Hickenlooper winning 47 percent of likely voters to Tancredo’s 44 percent — well within the survey’s margin of error. Republican nominee Dan Maes received just 5 percent.
The bottom line is that Tancredo's campaign is not a boon for the cause of smaller government -- he's a hawk on foreign policy, and endless war is what keeps us indebted economically and politically to the ruling elite.
That said, the rise of a viable third party does indicate growing desperation on the part of the system to stay in power. Change is coming, and rearranging the deck chairs won't keep the Titanic afloat.