Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Libertarian could spell trouble for Trump in Pennsylvania

A senior lecturer in psychology at Clemson University is selling herself as the reasonable alternative for voters who reject Donald Trump and Joe Biden, and as a way to send a message of dissatisfaction to the major political parties.

Jo Jorgensen, 63, of Greenville, South Carolina, won’t win the Nov. 3 presidential contest in Pennsylvania or nationwide, experts say. But like a long line of third-party challengers before her, she is hoping her candidacy will make a difference.

Trump carried Pennsylvania by only 44,000 votes in 2016 out of more than 6 million cast. If it is a close race again, Jorgensen’s share of the vote could help Democrats win the state’s 20 electoral votes.

That’s because Jorgensen will more likely draw votes from Trump, says Joseph DiSarro, chairman of the political science department at Washington & Jefferson College, a liberal arts school in Pennsylvania’s Washington County.

“It’s a common thought that we draw more from the Rs,” Jorgensen told a reporter, but she adds that Libertarian candidates historically have pulled votes from both parties...

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