Originally Posted by Gibonius
Other than 2012, what other examples are there? Everybody in 2008 and 2000 had political experience.
My point is that often the Republicans run these people, and they often get some level of support or they catch on briefly.
2008 on the Republican side had Alan Keyes, who was an ambassador but pretty much a joke. Most of the rest were marginally popular single term senators or governors and none of them got much in terms of votes. On the Democratic side, there was Dennis Kucinich (not that he didn't have experience, but he was the token far left candidate).
In 2000, Forbes ran, who had no political experience. Keyes ran (5% of the vote), and so did Gary Bauer who was an undersecretary of education, but better known for his time on the Family Research Council.
In 1996, the Republicans had Pat Buchanan who got 20% of the vote and 4 states
In 1988 Pat Robertson won states.