publication date: Monday, February 1, 2010 (part of Round XLII)
clue: 19% popularity isn't normally considered a success, especially when it's costing you millions.
explanation: Perot won 19% of the popular vote in his self-funded 1992 presidential campaign, the highest achievement for an independent candidate in eighty years. more…
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Erik Bates, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, Scott Horowitz, Ryan Dunn, and Sarah Kyle