Reporter Salena Zito traveled to twelve states to talk to voters and met many Smiths:

The conclusion is simple but jarring: Many longtime Democrats and Republicans are shedding party loyalty because of disgust with Washington.

Their movement is populist in temperament but insulated from the usual co-opting by political organizations seeking to benefit from it.

You see, people are not simply tired of Washington; they are tired of political organizations, of the two-party system, of campaign messages designed to narrow the turnout of their opponents.

Even more, they are tired of being left behind.

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