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Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson hopes to gain supporters after Sanders endorses Clinton

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With Bernie Sanders officially throwing his support behind Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, it appears it will be a Trump vs. Clinton showdown in November. 

However, a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that 47% of registered voters would consider a generic third-party nominee. In 2012, 40% said they would consider a third party candidate, compared to 38% in 2008. 

In years past, third-party nominees have played the role of spoiler by drawing votes away from one or both of the two major parties. With a Clinton vs. Trump race on the horizon, the two most unpopular presumptive major-party candidates on record according to NPR, Americans are growing more curious about other options for November. NPR also cites a report from the Pew Research Center that says Americans were just as disappointed in their candidates back in 1992, which led to the most popular third-party candidate (By popular vote), Ross Perot, in more than 100 years. 

Voter dissatisfaction is reflected in other recent polling as well. A Washington Post/ABC News poll released this week found that 44% of voters said they wanted a third-party option beyond Trump and Clinton.

Immediately after Bernie Sanders endorsed Clinton on Tuesday, Libertarian Gary Johnson released a video on Facebook aimed at capturing some of the "Feel the Bern" voters who may feel let down by Sanders abandoning his campaign. 

Recent three-way matchups between Johnson, Trump and Clinton show Johnson with anywhere from 4 percent to 10 percent support. Johnson and his Vie Presidential running mate Bill Weld will be on ballots in all 50 states this November. 

The presumptive Green Party Candidate, Jill Stein, also took shots at the main candidates preceding Sanders' announcement on Wednesday. "If you don't want to vote for a war monger or racist billionaire, there are more options. The political revolution will keep going," Stein tweeted.

 

A third-party candidate has never won a presidential election. 

Theodore Roosevelt's third-party bid in 1912 drew nearly 30% of the vote, which ultimately helped Democrat nominee Woodrow Wilson win. Critics said Ross Perot's 20% of the votes in 1992 was the reason Bill Clinton won, while many democrats blame Ralph Nader for the 2000 election of George W. Bush. 

With Clinton and Trump seemingly your two major party options this November, will you be voting third-party? Let us know why or why not on our Facebook page

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