A good friend recently told me that she plans to vote for the Libertarian candidate this November. Her words caught me off guard, as I have known her to be a staunch conservative for many years.
In speaking with her about the upcoming election, she told me that it’s time for dissatisfied voters to take a stand, to vote for a third party in an effort to destroy the toxic two-party system and give someone else a slim chance of winning the presidency.
With the sheer amount of hate aimed at both the leading candidates this year, it is more likely than ever that third parties will take votes away from the Democrats and Republicans. Those poised to receive the most votes are Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
“The Libertarian Party nominee will be on the ballot in all 50 states,” says Johnson. “Don’t let your voice go unheard. We can still fight for a future to believe in.”
Both Johnson and Stein have targeted disaffected Sanders supporters following the Vermont Senator’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton this Tuesday.
“If you don’t want to vote for a warmonger or racist billionaire, there are more options. The political revolution will keep going,” says Jill Stein.
Stein, who had previously offered to step down if Bernie Sanders wanted to lead the Green Party ticket, is furious with the socialist’s decision. “The revolution continues with those who will fight for a government that represents all of us – not just the one percent…It sounds like the only good thing Bernie can say about Hillary is that she’s not Donald.”
Stein’s words make me think about what might happen if all of Bernie’s supporters back either Johnson or Stein. The latest polls show Trump lagging behind Clinton by an average of 3 points, and those votes will surely make a difference.
Polls that take Johnson and Stein into account show the Libertarian candidate with as much as 10% of the vote. Support for Stein ranges between 2% and 6%.