Sunday, July 31, 2016

Will Third-Parties Upset The U.S. Election?

The Hill: Third-party support surging

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.

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WNU Editor: This main stream media does not want to cover this story, but it is a trend that deserves to be closely watched. Case in point ..... The Hill is right in its analysis that even though Ralph Nader got 2.5% of the vote in Florida in the 2000 election, he probably did swing the election to George Bush.

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