Will third-party presidential candidates ‘spoil’ the outcome in Arizona?

Dr. Jill Stein (left), Gary Johnson.
Dr. Jill Stein (Green Party) and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party)./Gage Skidmore via Flickr/Gage Skidmore via Flickr

By Miriam Wasser | Phoenix New Times

Third-party candidates rarely have an impact on the outcome of a presidential election, yet in almost every political cycle, they’re typically cast as “spoilers,” and their supporters are chastised for “throwing away” their votes.

But in a year like 2016 — a year that is anything but typical and one in which both major party candidates are incredibly unpopular — could third-party candidates actually affect whether Arizona goes red or blue?

According to a new Washington Post poll, the answer is yes.

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