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Libertarian Gary Johnson Has Made the Ballot in All 50 States

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By    |   Wednesday, 14 Sep 2016 09:17 AM

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson has qualified to be on the ballot in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as reported in the Los Angeles Times.

This clears a significant hurdle to kick-start his third-party bid.

"With a majority of Americans wanting a choice other than Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, today we now know for certain that on Election Day, every voter in America will have that alternative option," Johnson said in a statement.

"And today we also know that the only other option on every American voter's ballot will be myself and [former Massachusetts Gov. Bill] Weld."

It's the first time since 1996 that a Libertarian Party nominee has appeared on every state's ballot, the report said.

Johnson's main goal is to get into the first presidential debate of the general-election campaign on Sept. 26.

Johnson and his running-mate Bill Weld released a full-page ad in the form of an open letter in Wednesday's New York Times, which directed the Commission on Presidential Debates to allow the Libertarian nominee to debate on Sept. 26 even if he falls short of 15 percent, Politico reports.

"We've done the work required to appear on the ballot in all 50 states and because we are polling in double digits in the majority of those states, we respectfully propose the following: Put a third podium on stage for the debate scheduled on September 26th. Allow us to make our case to the American people. If, in the polls that follow, we fail to meet that 15 percent standard, we'll make no further efforts for inclusion in subsequent debates," the ad said.

"We understand your reasons for basing debate inclusion on the 5 national polls of your choosing. But much has changed since 1992," it added.

"The conditions of the presidential election of 2016 are extraordinary and without precedent. The collective destiny of millions of American voters now comes down to the methodologies of pollsters, the handful of respondents surveyed and the board members, directors and co-chairmen of your organization."

The letter also adds that a recent Quinnipiac University poll found that 62 percent of voters want Johnson to be included in the debates.

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