September 10th, 2012
04:32 PM ET

Presidential spoiler? Third Party Candidate Gary Johnson 'OutFront'

The New York Times highlighted a presidential candidate that for the entire duration of 2012 election season has gone unnoticed.  The paper says Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson,  the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee can be a 'crucial factor' in the presidential race.

In the most recent CNN polling done in key states, Johnson appears to have an effect on the two leading presidential candidates, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

The Third Party Candidate: Gary Johnson

If you add in third-party candidate Gary Johnson, Romney's support falls three percentage points and President Obama support drops down just 1 percentage point.

In a presidential election where every vote counts, will Gary Johnson be a presidential spoiler?

OutFront tonight: Fmr. New Mexico Governor, Gary Johnson.

Spoiler alert: Poll finds small following for Libertarian candidate

Gary Johnson's poll numbers may not give him much-of-a shot at winning the presidency, but in the latest CNN/ORC Poll, he is registering enough of a following to possibly tip the balance in an increasingly close election.

Three percent of likely voters responded that they would vote for Johnson, the Libertarian Party's candidate for president, in November. That number is slightly higher among registered voters, with 4% identifying with the former governor of New Mexico.


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    This country needs "range voting", where the voter gives EACH candidate a rating (e.g., on a scale of 1 to 10), not the current binary system. This will tend to reduce these "spoiler" or "voting splitting" phenomena. Learn about it on the web.

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