Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson had hoped to take advantage of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's record unpopularity and play spoiler in the upcoming presidential election. Now that is looking less likely. Johnson's poll numbers have been in free fall since August, when he was polling in the low double digits. He now sits at just six points on average. While that would be a significantly larger share of the popular vote than most third party candidates would normally receive, it will not make Johnson a big factor in November.
He hears it all the time from the Clippers coaching staff. And yet Johnson remains hesitant, despite knowing that coach Doc Rivers wants his small forward to shoot his shot when it's available. "They want me to shoot a little more," Johnson said Saturday, smiling. "I understand that they do, but it's just me letting it come to me. I just see how the game feels out and then just go like that.
The Clippers' second unit has digressed defensively with Wesley Johnson on the sideline, but the small forward will return to the court against the Raptors at Staples Center on Monday night. Johnson confirmed Morning morning that he has been cleared to play. He has missed the Clippers' (12-2) last five games with a heel injury. He is averaging 3.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game this season, but his value is in how he fits into the Clippers' five-man bench unit. Clippers Coach Doc Rivers has mostly replaced Johnson with Brandon Bass and also tried Paul Pierce alongside Raymond Felton, Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford and Marreese Speights.
Gary Johnson doesn't seem to be going anywhere. In recent elections, third-party candidates have tended to lose support as Election Day approaches. But the Libertarian Party presidential nominee and former New Mexico governor is holding steady in the polls, and we've reached a point in the race at which past third-party candidates had already started to see their support nose-dive. Johnson is pulling in about 9 percent in the national polls, according to the FiveThirtyEight polls-only average. And his share in national polls has not fallen as we've gotten closer to the election.