Third Parties Gaining Interest This Election Cycle

Third Parties Gaining Interest This Election Cycle (WRSP)

Despite Bernie Sanders' endorsement of Hillary Clinton, many of his supporters aren't ready to back the Democratic presidential nominee.

Some even considering voting third-party.

A new CNN/ORC poll shows more than half of Americans have an unfavorable view of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Many of those people are looking at other options.

"It's really hard to figure out who I really want to vote for," said Joyce Smith of Springfield.

"I don't have a lot of hope for either of the candidates," said April Baker of Wisconsin.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to many--a lose-lose situation.

"What's gone on at the Democratic National Convention these last weeks is pretty horrific if it is what it appears to be. And then Donald Trump...I don't really have anything to say there," said Baker.

Baker wanted to vote for Bernie Sanders for President. Like many of his backers, she's dismayed she can't now.

"I think many of them are going to end up going for a third party and following Jill. I'll probably vote Hillary and then i'll put my energy into helping a third party," Baker said.

Jill Stein, the likely green party candidate who's hoping to drum up support from Sanders supporters.

"There's definitely an interest and that is our hope. That we can kind of build some energy, take some of his energy, build some of our own, and make it a ground breaking year for the green party," said Chris Blankenhorn, Illinois delegate for Jill Stein.

The libertarian presidential candidate, Gary Johnson is polling at 12%.

He needs just 15% to be included in presidential debates this fall.

"Which would be huge. It could really exponentially increase those numbers for him. Although I think he still may fall short, it would not just help the libertarian party, but just third parties in general to escalate their platforms in 2020," said Phil Cooper, a Gary Johnson supporter.

Despite being a long shot at winning, third party supporters say this is a year to shine.

"We're getting communication, mail, requests to volunteer, more than our current staff can process," said Jonathan Parker, vice chairman for the Libertarian Party of Illinois.


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