Gary Johnson Hits a Major Milestone
He'll be on the ballot in all 50 states, DC
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2016 11:51 AM CDT
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FILE - In this May 18, 2016 file photo, Libertarian presidential candidate, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson speaks with legislators at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. The day after political heavyweight Mitt Romney name-dropped him on Twitter, the former New Mexico governor seemed to reveal...   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

(Newser) – Gary Johnson may not have known until recently what Aleppo is, but the libertarian candidate for president has hit a major milestone: He will appear on the ballot in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. That's the first time since 1996 that a third-party candidate has qualified for all the ballots (that year it was the Libertarian Party's Harry Browne and, of course, Ross Perot of the Reform Party). Johnson's next mission is to be allowed to take part in the presidential debates, which start Sept. 26; in order to do that, he needs to be at 15% in five "marquee polls," the Wall Street Journal reports. He's currently at just 9 points (or, in one case, 7) in three of those polls, the AP reports. His campaign is taking out a full-page ad in the New York Times urging the Commission on Presidential Debates to relax its criteria.