June 12, 2016

ANY PORT IN A STORM:

Could Libertarian Gary Johnson Play the Spoiler in November? (Eric Pianin, June 12, 2016, Reuters)

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, the nominee of the Libertarian Party, has wasted little time making a mark in the presidential campaign. And so far, at least, his third-party candidacy appears to be playing to the advantage of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Johnson, of course, has no chance of winning the election and at best will appear on the ballot in just 32 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. But in a tough general election campaign in which Clinton and presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump both suffer from historically high negative ratings among voters, Johnson has the potential of playing spoiler or kingmaker by mustering even a modest showing among libertarians and disaffected Republicans and Democrats.

Hillary should only debate if he's on stage too.

Posted by at June 12, 2016 11:22 AM

  

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