Did Jill Stein Cost Hillary Clinton the Election?
Yet if Stein didn’t run as the Green Party nominee, Trump may very well have lost the Electoral College.
Pennsylvania (20), Michigan (16) and Wisconsin (10) were the three Rust Belt states that Trump was able to steal from Clinton, blasting a hole in her “Blue Wall”.
Today we learned that in each state the difference between Trump and Clinton was less than the total Jill Stein received.
Today, the city of Philadelphia released their final results:
Pennsylvania statewide with the Philadelphia tally now complete:
— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) December 1, 2016
This puts the margin between Clinton and Trump in the Keystone State at 46,435.
Before these totals came in, Stein already had more than 49,000 votes throughout the commonwealth.
With this update:
WI: Hillary down 22,177
MI: Hillary down 10,704
PA: Hillary down 46,435
Total: 79,316 https://t.co/pcOqvSQlNz
— Charles Gaba (@charles_gaba) December 1, 2016
@chrislhayes Jill Stein total in those same three states: 130,000-plus
— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) December 1, 2016
Stein positioned herself as the true progressive champion during the campaign, reaching out to Bernie Sanders supporters and declaring Clinton more dangerous than Trump. So it stands to reason that her votes came from the left side of the political spectrum.
The Green Party was also the group that nominated Ralph Nader in 2000. Nader infamously got 97,488 votes in Florida where the margin between Bush and Gore was just 537. The third-party candidate also scored 22,198 votes in New Hampshire where Gore lost by 7,211. Either state would’ve won Al Gore the presidency.
Of course, Stein supporters would likely protest that they wouldn’t necessarily have voted for Clinton if it was a two-way contest or they may not even have voted at all. Still, in an election where 40% of the eligible population didn’t bother to cast a ballot it’s worth considering what effect they had on the ultimate result.
Finally, all this doesn’t even take into consideration Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson and his 3.28% share of the national popular vote (there was plenty of debate about which candidate he hurt more). Not to mention anyone who showed up to the polls but didn’t make a selection in the presidential race.
Altogether, though, it appears the left fringe of American politics cost the Democratic Party the White House for the second time in sixteen years.