Third-party candidates hardly ever make as big a splash as Gary Johnson has in this election cycle, with pundits calling a wide open opportunity for the Libertarian Party to stake its claim on American political turf on account of the collective distaste for both major party candidates.

However, that hasn’t necessarily happened.

The Washington Post released a poll that showed Johnson with double-digit support in 42 states just days before the debate commission nixed him from the Sept. 26 prime-time event. But whatever wind was in the Libertarian’s sails at that point has since vanished, with the outspoken former governor of New Mexico dropping to just 7 percent nationally.


And in light of the consequences this brings – potentially a Donald Trump presidency – Gov. Johnson’s own running mate, Gov. Bill Weld, is signaling he may use the Libertarian platform to promote support for opponent Hillary Clinton.

“I have had in mind all along trying to get the Donald into third place, and with some tugging and hauling, we might get there,” Weld recently told the Boston Globe.


With Johnson polling at 24 percent in New Mexico, the most recent conundrum is this: The self-proclaimed #TeamGov could, actually, pave the way for an election in which nobody wins a majority of electoral votes and the election heads to the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I think Mr. Trump’s proposals in the foreign policy area, including nuclear proliferation, tariffs and free trade, would be so hurtful, domestically and in the world, that he has my full attention,” Weld told the Globe.

The paper has suggested that the Libertarian VP nominee plans to focus exclusively on hitting Trump over the next several weeks in red state areas. The new plan follows his statement on MSNBC that he’s “not sure anybody is more qualified than Hillary Clinton to be president of the United States.”