There were some candidates in New York State that were running under as many as five different parties. There were a few other states were a few candidates were running under three parties. I only counted candidates as third party contestants if they were ONLY running as independents or under the banner of a third party. I did notice the connection between Democratic and Working Families Parties as well as the link between Republican and Conservative parties. Thank you for the question. It’s really nice when people actually pay attention and make intelligent comments.