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Ross Perot, the two-time third-party presidential candidate, died at 89 after battling leukemia for five months. Perot was diagnosed with leukemia in February and was able to celebrate his 89th birthday in June.
“Obviously a great family man, wonderful father. But at the end of the day, he was a wonderful humanitarian,” his son, Ross Perot Jr., said. Perot Jr. recalled that his father fought his battle with dignity and showed up to the Perot Group office almost every day.
Perot - Wife - Margot - Children - Grandchildren
Perot left behind his wife Margot, five children, and 16 grandchildren.
In 1992 Perot ran for president as an Independent candidate and again in 1996 as a third-party candidate. Perot was the last third-party candidate to garner more than 5 percent of the national vote. In 1996, when he ran against Bob Dole (R) and Bill Clinton (D), he won 8.4 percent of the vote.
Numbers - '92 - Percent - Vote - Votes
His 1992 numbers were even better. In ’92, he won 18.9 percent of the popular vote, or 19,741,065 votes. Although Perot did not win a single Electoral College vote, he was the most successful third-party candidate since Theodore Roosevelt in 1912.
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