As we near the November election, many may be trying to decide between an angry troll doll with tiny hands and a dying robot that leaks dishonesty. If you found yourself in this situation, you’re out of luck. In this election, like many, there really are no other options besides the two clowns put forth by either side of the aisle.
Some may bring up the fact that there are third party candidates running in the presidential election, but historically they’d be wrong. Third party candidates have never won an American presidential race. The probability of having a third party candidate actually gain enough support to matter is about the same as having a guy with no political experience get very close to winning the presidential race… For example, Jill Stein, a Green Party candidate, ran for governor of Massachusetts from 2002 to 2010. In her first election, she came in third out of five candidates. She was beaten so hard and so often in the Massachusetts governor election that she decided to go straight to running for president in 2016.
As recently as a few weeks ago, however, she has not been doing so well in the polls. She has only gained about two percent of the vote in popular polls. Her home state, Massachusetts, isn’t even a swing state, so it’s not like her own vote will make a difference.
In fact, a month ago, Harambe, Praise be Our Lord and Savior, polled at five percent and he’s a gorilla … and he’s dead. Stein has so little impact on the actual election as a third party candidate, that 1/20 of the country is willing to support a dead monkey over her.
The average Case Western Reserve University student has more impact on this election than the few candidates presented by the non-major political parties. The CWRU students that stand outside and help with voter registration have probably increased the number of voters by the same amount of people that still support Jill Stein. Ohio is even a swing state, so all the non-Ohioan undecided voters at CWRU can literally shape the outcome of the election, while Stein cannot.