Gary Johnson picked up a big newspaper endorsement, but is it too little, too late?
The New Hampshire Union Leader broke its 100-year-old tradition of supporting Republicans to endorse the Libertarian candidate. The endorsement came on Sept. 14 — just 12 days before the first scheduled presidential debate.
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Why does that matter? Because any day now, the Commission on Presidential Debates will look at its five chosen polls to see which candidates are polling at 15 percent or more. And Gary Johnson isn't anywhere near that number.
The Commission chose polls from five different media organizations that are regularly updated, and in those polls Johnson is somewhere between 7 and 10 percent.
And he knows getting on that debate stage is crucial.
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"No way that if you're running for president and you're not in the presidential debates — 100 million people watching the debates — there's no way that you could win," Johnson told Newsy.
Now Johnson's chances of landing on the debate stage aren't totally shot. The Commission will re-check the polling numbers between each presidential debate. So if Johnson can gain traction before debates No. 2 or 3 on Oct. 9 and 19, respectively, he could earn a spot next to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.