The GOP convention apparently turned off a great number of people this week who are not committed Democrats voting for Hillary Clinton. The number of people using Google searches to look up “third party candidate” exploded, increasing by an astonishing 10,000 percent. The zenith of the searching for “third-party candidate searches came during Donald Trump’s acceptance speech.
What is worse for Trump and the GOP is that the states where there was the most interest in searching for a third-party candidate were Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Minnesota, Michigan, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Texas, in that order. Colorado, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania are swing states and Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas are traditionally GOP strongholds. Only Minnesota is a staunchly Democratic state.
It is unclear whether the Google searchers were alienated by the content of Trump’s speech or his delivery; as Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro, who praised the content of the speech, wrote, “Donald Trump bellowed his way through it like a braying jackass.”
The two other candidates who are running against Trump and Hillary Clinton, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, have low polling numbers, especially Stein, but Johnson may poll well enough to be included in a debate with Clinton and Trump. To be accepted in a presidential debate, a candidate must reach 15 percent in the polls around the time of Labor Day.
Johnson may poll well enough to be included in a debate with Clinton and Trump.
Johnson is within striking distance; he is currently polling at between 10 and 13 percent in some surveys, and better than that in various other states, according to US News and World Report.