Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson admits his chances of winning are slim, but told The Washington Times that his main goal now is to pass the 5 percent threshold so that his party will be entitled to up to $10 million in public financing for the next presidential elections in 2020.
Johnson said reaching the threshold would be a game-changer, as the funds would help immensely with the costs of running an effective presidential campaign nationwide in the future.
The Libertarian nominee has already failed to meet one of his campaign goals, which was to get on stage for any of the three presidential debates, because he did not make the 15 percent threshold needed in the polls.
But he insists to The Times that with Donald Trump sagging in the polls, voting for the Republican candidate is a waste and the public should think about helping to influence the next election by getting the Libertarian Party the public funding.
Johnson said that if Trump loses, the Republican Party will be thrown into chaos and will not survive in its current form, adding the Democratic Party also has a weaker future ahead due to divisions within it
He insists this means the Libertarians will be the only party growing for the next presidential election. Johnson said, however that he will not be the party's candidate for the third straight campaign in 2020.
Despite his optimism, Johnson has slumped in the polls to just 3 percent, his worst showing during this campaign, according to a CNN/ORC poll released on Monday afternoon.
Making his 5-perent target even more difficult is that most analysts say third-party candidates often poll better than they perform. In the 2012 presidential election, Johnson received just under 1 percent of the popular vote.
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