This Third Party Candidate Is Gaining Traction

  • 03/25/2016 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: Kevin Boyd
This November’s election is likely to be Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump. To say neither one is popular with the American people is an understatement. Some have speculated that this could be the year a 3rd party candidate could break out.
 
Monmouth University actually polled a 3 way race between Clinton, Trump, and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, who is running for president as a Libertarian. They found that such a race would be 42% for Clinton, 34% for Trump, and 11% for Johnson.
 
Johnson seemed to take more votes from Clinton, but actually had his best performances in red states. Johnson only polled 9% in swing states, but in red states he got 15%.
 
This is before Johnson becomes a somewhat known figure by most Americans. According Monmouth, 76% of Americans didn’t know enough about Johnson to form an opinion and he only has a 9% favorable rating.
 
The Libertarian Party is trying to reach the 5% threshold in a presidential election in order to qualify for Federal matching funds. However, Johnson in 2012 only received 0.99% of the popular vote.
 
But with many Republicans especially vowing #NeverTrump, Johnson will hope to improve upon his performance. 
 Source: AAN
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