It’s the lesson of the First Clinton administration, when Bill won the election with only 43% of the popular vote. Always run a third party candidate, even if you have to pay for them yourself. In this case, by my calculations, the Clinton campaign bought and paid for 31 electoral votes by using the Johnson sock puppet campaign.
In New Hampshire, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, and New Mexico, the margins of victory were less than the half the votes that Johnson got. In every case, the votes that Stein got were insignificant and could not have changed the outcome in any state. This is my evidence that third party candidates are extensions of the Democratic party machine. They have no hope of winning. But they do have a hope of spoiling someone else’s win. That is their only purpose.
I am astonished that Republican, Christian, Libertarian and Conservative voters are stupid enough to fall for this every single time.
31 electoral votes went to Hillary because of the Johnson campaign. Think about that.
If I had access to state by state campaign spending, I could probably demonstrate that Johnson’s campaign spent most heavily from his limited resources in those states that polling said would be close. If I had serious financial information, I could tract Johnson’s major donors to people who also donated to the DNC. and to PACS that were funded by other PACS who were funded by the DNC. This is, in my mind, a certainty.