I spent my day Saturday going over my local ballot (the vote411.org ballot is quite handy, although the questions they asked weren't as revealing as I might have liked).
I live in Florida right now. We have a three-way race going on for our Senator. (Well, a lot more ways than that, but three major candidates.) If the polls are to be believed, Marco Rubio's going to run away with the thing. Which I'm not thrilled about. After looking things over, I decided I wanted to vote for Kendrick Meek, and not just because he has a (D) after his name. But Charlie Crist (former Republican, running unaffiliated, promises to caucus with the Democrats if elected) is polling better than he is.
There's been some discussion of whether Meek should withdraw and urge people to send their votes over to Crist to defeat Rubio. He hasn't. Crist, of course, would never even consider withdrawing and sending votes to Meek (but he did make announcements that Meek was going to encourage people to vote for him instead).
So, depressingly, as I looked at the empty ballot, I had to think about whether I was going to switch from voting for a candidate I think I can actually feel kind of good about to voting for a "lesser of two evils" candidate who has a higher chance of winning.
Even more depressingly, I was relieved to discover that if the current polls are correct, Rubio will win even if every Meek supporter switches over to vote for Crist. So I don't have to compromise my principles. Because the candidate I least want to see win is going to win no matter what I (and voters like me) do. Yay.
At least the Governor's race is close enough that votes are highly relevant.