Gary Johnson says 2016 will be his last presidential campaign


If you want to vote for Gary Johnson, it looks like this year could be your last chance.

The Libertarian Party candidate told USA Today: "This is my last shot at this, OK? I won't be around after this election."

This is Johnson's second presidential campaign on the Libertarian ticket. He also ran in 2012, drawing just under 1 percent of the popular vote. His poll numbers are much higher this time around, but it probably won't be enough to make Johnson our 45th president.

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UNITED STATES - MARCH 3: Gov. Gary Johnson, former Governor of NM, speaks at the American Conservative Union's CPAC conference at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md., on Thursday, March 3, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 26: Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson pretends to have a heart attack on stage while arguing in favor of legalization of marijuana during CPAC in National Harbor, Md., on Feb. 26, 2015. Former Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-N.Y., not pictured, had just argued during their debate that marijuana caused an increased risk of heart attacks. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
ORLANDO, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson speaks in the Fox News/Google GOP Debate at the Orange County Convention Center on September 22, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. The debate featured the nine Republican candidates two days before the Florida straw poll. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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The former New Mexico governor is favored by about 10 percent of voters. That's impressive for a third-party candidate but still a ways away from the 15 percent he needs to be included in the presidential debates. And Johnson knows how vital the debates are for his White House hopes.

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"Would you agree that if you don't get into the debates it's game over?" Chris Wallace asked on Fox News on Sunday.

"Winning the election, yes. I would say, 'game over,'" Johnson replied.

In a year where the Democratic and Republican nominees are disliked by a record number of voters, this seems to be as good a time as any for a third-party candidate to make some noise come November.

But Johnson admits he may not be the best third-party option. In the same interview, he said, "Clearly, I may not be the right messenger."


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$2,700 to Hillary Clinton

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$2,700 to Jeb Bush

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$2,700 to Hillary Clinton

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