The following is an excerpt from rt.com | November 7, 2016 |
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump may be dominating the headlines, but there are at least 29 other Americans running for president in this election. Though most don’t appear on the ballot in every state, their presence may actually tip the scales this time.
Since 1869, the occupant of the Oval office has been either a Republican or a Democrat. With this year’s candidates widely considered a choice between two evils, other parties have attracted some of the discontents.
Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson is on the ballot in all 50 states and the District in Columbia. Green Party’s Jill Stein made it to the ballot in 40. Twenty-four states will see Constitution Party’s Darrell Castle on their ballots, and former CIA operations officer Evan McMullin will be an option in 11 states. While none of these candidates have seen the media coverage of the front-runners, they do appeal to those who disagree with the major party selections. So much so, in fact, that 24 percent of voters in Utah back McMullin, according to Politico.
As a former two-term governor of New Mexico, with a previous presidential campaign behind him, Gary Johnson was perhaps best-placed of all the third-party candidate to make a breakthrough.
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