If you have any doubts that the two-party so-called system is in jeopardy, consider that Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson is polling at 25% in his home state of New Mexico, just four points behind second-place Donald Trump. He's at 23% in Utah, four points behind second-place Hillary Clinton.
Clinton may have Johnson to thank for reducing Trump's lead in Texas to almost nothing. (Of course, it's not quite that simple.) In a poll of more than 5,000 Texas voters, Clinton and Trump stand at 40% each, Johnson at 11%, and Jill Stein at 3%, without about 6% of Lone Stars undecided. Meanwhile, the Clinton machine will almost certainly tear into the Greens and Jill Stein for standing in the path to our 38 electoral votes to which Clinton is entitled by Divine Right.
These poll results are from the Washington Post, which has been serving as Clinton's mouthpiece for Green-bashing. Grain-of-salt discretion is advised.
BTW, the state in which Jill Stein has the biggest percentage is...Vermont, aka Bernieland. Is anybody surprised?
UPDATE: I rushed this entry terribly and left out some points. The poll cited above, from the Washington Post and SurveyMonkey, is just one poll, and it is the only one showing Clinton and Trump so close in Texas. Other polls have Trump leading comfortably in this state. While I have no evidence for accusing WaPo of manipulating the results, pushing a narrative that Clinton stands a chance of winning Texas by a tiny margin is likely to turn thousands of #NeverHillary progressives into #OMFGBeatTrump voters.
However, let's imagine that all the survey's percentage results hold true in November. Throw out the two states, Colorado and Texas, in which the major-party candidates have the same rounded percentage. Even without Texas, Clinton wins the swing states of Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan (narrowly), Virginia, and Wisconsin, and she rakes in a total of 299 electoral votes (including DC's three). The minimum EV count for victory is 270. Trump takes Ohio and North Carolina, but he squeaks out only 192 EV.
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