By Eli Watkins at CNN, May 27th, 2016:
(CNN)They get the bronze medal every four years in what is really a two-person race.
That’s what it must feel like to be a third-party candidate in a two-party country.
But between Donald Trump’s abrupt takeover of the GOP and Bernie Sanders’ climb from long-shot Democratic candidacy to head of a national progressive movement, 2016 has been a year for party outsiders. And Libertarians hope that could give them an opening.
What gives them hope?
The likely Democratic and Republican nominees each have historically high unfavorable numbers.
So it is with an air of opportunity to break out of obscurity that Libertarians, the country’s most prominent third party, head to their national convention in Orlando, Florida this weekend to officially pick a candidate to pitch to angry voters.
Many expect former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian presidential nominee in 2012, to leave Orlando Sunday evening once again his party’s standard-bearer.
Since last week, Johnson has made the rounds touting his newly-minted alliance with former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, who is seeking the party’s vice presidential nomination. The two former governors, who both also happen to be ex-Republicans, are fielding a ticket of sorts, although the Libertarians elect their nominees separately and no formal ticket will exist at the convention until the party selects its presidential and vice presidential nominees.