In a political sea dominated by donkeys and elephants, Connecticut has turned to a new hero.
We’ve heard the complaints about this year’s political race. It’s a mess. So, it’s no wonder why most of us have been completely turned off by politics. It just makes us angry and write nasty emails or comments that we otherwise wouldn’t dream of composing.
However, the political renaissance that may signal the end of the two-party domination has entered a new era.
A new Quinnipiac poll has found that the Nutmeg State has made room in its cold black heart for Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico.
CT News Junkie reports that Johnson way out-performed expectations in the most recent roundup. Although he has leagues to go before catching up with Hillary (41%) and Trump (36%), he has earned at least six percent of the vote in Connecticut.
More surprisingly, Johnson’s current numbers far surpass the amount he collected in 2012. At this time last election season, only 1 percent of Connecticut voters had pledged their support.
Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz has a hunch as to why Johnson has completely crushed expectations, “There is an appetite for a third-party candidate due to the high negatives of the major party candidates.”
Hm. Makes sense. Even Jill Stein, Green Party candidate, is reaping the benefits. She received 3 percent of the vote.
Problem is, Johnson (and Stein) are in danger of not making it onto Connecticut ballots come election day. His campaign says they are working tirelessly to remedy that.
Connecticut residents can also lend these potential dark horse candidates a hand by petitioning the Secretary of the State to put their names on the ballot. In order to get that done, at least 1 percent of voters, or roughly 7,500 signatures, need to chime in by August 10th.
So, are you shocked by the strong support for third party candidates this year? Do you think Johnson or Stein have a shot of making it to the oval office?