Third-party support surging

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By Ben Kamisar, The Hill

Voters now confronted with the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are making something abundantly clear: they want another option.

Surveys over the last six weeks have found a steady but noticeable jump in support for third-party candidates. The biggest beneficiary has been Libertarian Gary Johnson, who has shot up from 4.5 percent to 7.2 percent in RealClearPolitics polling averages. Green Party candidate Jill Stein has also seen an uptick since June — from 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent.

The surge in support for a third-party candidate is adding a new element of unpredictability into the presidential race. Should voters opt for a third-party candidate in large numbers, it could potentially tip the scales in crucial battleground states.

Pollsters and political scientists say the deep malcontent with Clinton and Trump should give both candidates pause.

“The fact that we have two major party candidates who are enormously disliked by the electorate, enormously and equally disliked, creates the opportunity for the minor party candidates to do better than they would in other presidential elections,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

“The minor party candidates can have great influence if the final race is very close.”

Pollsters contacted by The Hill predicted that many of the voters now leaning toward a third-party candidate would eventually side with Trump or Clinton by Election Day.

But they caution that the volatility of the race and the low favorability ratings for both candidates mean anything is possible.

To read more, click here: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/289859-third-party-support-surging

  • Dolores Adams

    If the voters vote for the third party candidate, it is sure to put Hillary Corrupt Clinton in office. I pray they do not vote for a third party.

  • whoisshe?

    Third Party where are your lobbyists ?
    Vote- Trump Pence
    Make America Great Again

  • Ramon1710 .

    Gary Johnson = Hilldog2

    Gary Johnson on baby sacrifice: “Leave the decision up to the
    woman.” (Jan 2001) – as misled by Planned Parenthood?

    “Half of crime is drug-related; legalizing drugs cuts crime.” (Jan 2001)

    “I support gay unions.” (Apr 2011)

    “I support evolution”. (May 2012)

    “Give every student in New Mexico vouchers worth $3,500.” (Jul 2011)

    “No student loans; they cause higher tuition.” (Feb 2011)

    “I accept global warming” (Jun 2011)

    “Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives.”
    (Aug 2001)

    “NAFTA benefits New Mexico; jobs lost are those we don’t want.” (Jan
    2001)

    “Allies want more US military spending, but (we should) cut by 43%.” (Nov 2011)

    “Bigger border fence will only produce taller ladders.” (Jan 2016)

    “Let some, but not all, illegal immigrants stay in US.” (Nov 2011)

    “We educate the world’s best & brightest; why send them back?”
    (Jun 2011)

    “Open the border; flood of Mexicans would become taxpayers.” (Jan
    2001) – or – maybe just democrats(?)

  • Walter Flatt

    PASTORS A FAITH THAT DOES NOT ACT WHEN BEING OPPRESED IS NO FAITH AT ALL.

    GOOGLE THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES. LISTEN TO ALL.

    DO YOU WANT HER AS OUR LEADER. I DONT.
    DONALD TRUMP IS THE MOST QUALIFIED PERSON THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY 85 YEARS. WE NEED A STRONG BUSINESS MAN TO GET US OUT OF THIS MESS, TRUMP IS THAT MAN.
    WE HAVE HAD OUR FILL OF ATTORNEYS AND LYING CROOKS THAT ARE OUT FOR THEIR OWN INTREST AND COULD CARE LESS ABOUT AMERICA. BY THE WAY I AM A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT AND ASHAMED OF IT NOW.

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  • onefour

    Beware this candidate. He and his ideas are off the wall

  • rowleya

    This guy Gary supports TPP which nullifies our Sovereignty.
    TEXIT

  • Saltporkdoc

    Check out the Constitution Party and their candidates!

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