With Election Day fast approaching, Gary Johnson pushes forward

Gary Johnson interview

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The polls might not be in Gary Johnson's favor, but that has not slowed him down.

The two-time Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico governor's rally in Cincinnati was one of many campaign stops on the eve of the election.

Johnson is aware of his downward trajectory since he failed to qualify for the debates. He was very vocal about there being no chance of securing the presidency if he did not get on the debate stage, saying it would be "game over" on "Fox News Sunday" in August.

Support for third parties are expected to rise this cycle as a result of historic levels of discontent for both major candidates. Ohio is now a dead heat between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump which could mean that even meager support for third parties could have a drastic impact on which candidate takes the Buckeye State.

In September, Johnson was at a nine percent national average. Now, he is at 5.3 percent according to RealClearPolitics' polling average. Ohio is one of Johnson's strongest battlegrounds with the latest Quinnipiac poll showing Gary Johnson sitting at six percent in the state.

The Libertarian's odds of securing the White House are slim. FiveThirtyEight's election forecast show Johnson with a less than a one percent chance of winning the electoral college. Only three elections awarded third parties electoral votes: the elections of 1924, 1948 and 1968. But his grim chances at the presidency has not deterred his die-hard supporters from making a point.

"Nothing's gonna change if you vote for the lesser of two evils. The only way things are gonna change is to vote for the person you most believe in," Johnson said. He sees Hillary Clinton as a "crony capitalist" and Donald Trump as a "loose cannon," saying the GOP presidential nominee "focuses more on division and insults than solutions."

Both candidates, he says, might also be too quick to pull the trigger on pitting the United States into another war.

Johnson's crowd is a mix of disgruntled Republicans, lifelong Libertarians and voters wanting to send a message.

Liz Anderson, 29, of Cincinnati, said she has voted Republican in every election. She was eyeing Gov. John Kasich for the GOP presidential nominee. However, Anderson said she would have been happy with almost any of the primary heavy-hitters like Sen. Marco Rubio.

But she thinks her party has moved further and further away from "true conservatism," since the rise of the Tea Party.

"It's honestly embarrassing. He [Donald Trump] doesn't represent small government ideas. Even if he did...as a woman, the disgusting things that come out of his mouth just makes it impossible to take him seriously," Anderson said. "It's sad."

Brandon Moriarty, 26, is voting for Johnson knowing that his candidate of choice probably won't be sitting in the Oval Office.

"A vote is only wasted when you don't vote for someone you believe in," Moriarty said. "Maybe Johnson gets enough votes that sends a message to Washington that things need to change."

Johnson's two big targets for votes: The military and millennials.

"Toppling Saddam Hussein is responsible for a significant amount of the chaos overseas. Libertarians are not isolationists," Johnson said. "If we're attacked, we're gonna attack back. Involving ourselves in regime change has never worked in my lifetime."

The most recent Military Times poll found Johnson garnering 36.5 percent support from military personnel, a virtual tie with Donald Trump's 37.6 percent. However, that poll was conducted when Johnson peaked in overall national support.

Johnson made a direct appeal to millineals earlier this year, courting Bernie Sanders supporters in a campaign ad. However, Sanders, who now stumps for Hillary Clinton, quickly brushed away the Libertarian's outreach. The Vermont senator has been critical of Johnson, saying his economic policies would severally cripple America's youth.

"I think if any of the people who voted for me take a hard look at what he stands for and understand where he's coming from, they will not be supporting him," Sanders said in a CNN interview.

However, a sizable chunk of Johnson's support comes from millineals and independent voters

"I think young people are getting screwed," Johnson said. "I'm getting my retirement. I'm gonna get my health care," Johnson said about millennials paying into systems that might not be around by the time they're old enough to collect.

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