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Libertarian Gary Johnson's Loss Is Hillary Clinton's Gain

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By    |   Friday, 07 Oct 2016 10:10 AM

Libertarian candidate for president Gary Johnson has fallen in recent polls, handing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton the lead.

Gaffes, like Johnson's "what is Aleppo?" response to a question on the Syrian city currently embroiled by the country's civil war, tainted public perception of the Libertarian, and may have cause some supporters to reconsider their vote.

The Huffington Post published an article Thursday from former supporters of Ralph Nader, the Green Party candidate for president in 2000, who said they've come to regret their decision, as they feel it lost Democratic candidate Al Gore the election.

"If you think there's no difference between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, then you're not paying attention," Joe Rospars, former chief digital strategist for President Barack Obama's campaigns, told the Post.

"Voting for Jill Stein in a battleground state or Gary Johnson for any reason is just not a useful way to operate the electoral system."

Johnson hasn't polled in the double digits since the first presidential debate between Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump, according to RealClearPolitics.

In Colorado, long thought a virtual lock for Clinton, Trump came within 1 point of tying Clinton in late September, according to a CNN-ORC poll, in which Johnson came away with 13 percent of voters.

By October, Clinton's lead swelled to 11 points, and Johnson's support fell under 10 percent, according to RealClearPolitics.

"Johnson had settled in that 10 or 11 percent support range, and now it looks like he's settled lower into that 7 or 8 point range," pollster John Zogby told The Hill. "Some of this is the natural order of things. In competitive races, the third party candidate always declines, and certainly Clinton has seen a small rise because of it."

Although Johnson's support has fallen, the race is too volatile to predict.

"This is unseen in decades, so it's too soon to draw conclusions," Zogby added. "Johnson hasn't helped himself, but Clinton can't rest on her laurels. Johnson still looks like a viable none-of-the-above candidate in a close race if he can hang in there."

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