By Christopher Huffaker, ReviewJournal.com (Las Vegas), July 10th, 2016:
WASHINGTON — Up against the least-popular presidential candidates ever, Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Jill Stein of the Green Party are getting extra attention. Both have been included in a series of polls and performed relatively well. And while neither may win any electoral votes, Johnson can still spoil the Southwest for GOP hopeful Donald Trump, as Ralph Nader did for Al Gore in Florida in 2000.
Johnson is well known to voters in the Southwest as a former governor of New Mexico, and this election could put multiple states there in play. Johnson’s experience as the CEO of a marijuana company might win support in perpetual swing state Colorado, and forecaster Nate Silver predicts Arizona, where Johnson is averaging 8 percent, is the closest state between Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.