Why independents think 2018 will be their year

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Unite America, formerly the Centrist Project, is launching the first-ever bloc of five independent candidates running for Senate and governor across the U.S. It's an effort to capitalize on the vacuum created by the intense polarization the U.S. has experienced in recent years.

Why it matters: We've seen several centrist campaigns like this before, and none have been overly successful in challenging the country's two-party system. But the group and its candidates argue that the current state of extreme partisan politics in America, something that most Americans say they are dissatisfied with, creates an opportunity for them to move the needle forward.