The Clinton campaign is concerned that the campaign of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld is taking support away from Hillary Clinton, particularly among millennial voters.
Millennials like Johnson
In a Quinnipiac poll from last week, when Stein and Johnson were included, Clinton received just 31 percent support from likely voters 18-34. Johnson came in second with 29 percent, while Trump garnered 26 percent and Stein 15 percent. When Stein and Johnson weren't offered as options, that age cohort sided with Clinton over Trump by a 55-34 margin. — Patrick Caldwell
Gary Johnson has a natural appeal to young voters. The former governor of New Mexico has climbed to the top of Mt. Everest and spent two years as the CEO of Cannabis Sativa, a Nevada company that sells marijuana products.
Johnson advocates returning America to a simpler time. He wants to replace income taxes with a simple sales tax and cut federal regulations that he feels kills jobs. Libertarians “believe all Americans should be free to live their lives and pursue their interests as they see fit as long as they do no harm to another.” That’s a message that holds strong appeal to young people.
Failed to make first debate
Although neither Gary Johnson nor Jill Stein appeared in the first presidential debate, Johnson’s campaign continues to hope that he will qualify for the remaining debates. Johnson continues to hover around 8% percent in the national polls, while Ms. Stein has the support of 2.4% of the voters. Johnson, who will be on the ballot in all fifty states, believes that his participation in the debate would give America a clear choice in the presidential race.
Trump might be a wild card
One wild card that could help Johnson get in the remaining debates might be none other than Donald Trump. In 2000, Trump called for the inclusion of third party candidates in presidential debates. Trump might decide that it would be in his best interest to have Gary Johnson in the next debates and announce that he won’t appear unless Mr. Johnson is given a podium on the stage. It would put Hillary Clinton in a politically difficult spot with young voters if she did not agree with Trump on including Gary Johnson.
Johnson takes away more votes from Clinton
While Mr. Johnson would take some votes away from Donald Trump, it appears he would take more away from Hillary Clinton, particularly among the younger voters who so far have not shown much interest in the 2016 election.
Clinton campaign spooked
Notwithstanding the hopes of their campaigns, a scenario that would lead to an electoral college victory by Gary Johnson or Jill Stein are slim to none. What they could do, however, is change the course of the election, and that has Hillary Clinton’s campaign spooked.
But as national and battleground polls tighten and Democrats’ hand-wringing grows more urgent, operatives both within and allied with Clinton’s political operation who are looking around to explain Trump’s new polling strength are growing increasingly wary of the former New Mexico governor. His appeal with young and libertarian-leaning liberals, they worry, could create a growing headache for them in western states like Nevada, Colorado, and Arizona — if not yet reason to believe he could hand the states to Trump. — Politico
In this strange election year, nothing should be considered impossible. Mr. Johnson and Ms. Stein may end up having a historical impact on the election that few could have foreseen a year ago.