On the presidential campaign trail, Green Party candidate Jill Stein suggests that if she wins a spot on the Nov. 6 ballot in the 50 states, she could pull a Bernie Sanders.
“Now I’ve got the race on the ground and I’ve been standing here in this state for years and years,” Ms. Stein said at a press conference on Wednesday, as she laid out her plans to set up campaign offices in the battleground states of Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio. “And we’re hitting our stride now, which is very exciting.”
According to Bloomberg, Ms. Stein finished a distant seventh in the Iowa Democratic caucus last week, despite millions of dollars spent on advertising and putting the party’s candidate in Iowa.
She came in second in the Massachusetts primary, but still managed to garner at least enough votes to force the state to push its Democratic primary from June to September.
But polling in many of the swing states does not suggest the momentum Ms. Stein is hoping for. In the RealClearPolitics average of polling, Ms. Stein does not currently rank higher than two or three in any of the swing states. That hasn’t stopped her from making the case for a Sanders takeover.
“Let’s just take a look at the significant increase in the percentage of voters who say they are likely to vote for our candidate Jill Stein, compared to what it was for Bernie Sanders,” Ms. Stein told The Guardian. “I’m the Sanders alternative. The national poll right now shows Bernie Sanders’ percentage has gone down, but our percentage has gone up significantly.”
If Ms. Stein were to receive the 100,000 petition signatures required by the Secretary of State of each state to secure a place on the ballot, her platform, among other things, would include keeping the military out of a single-payer health care system, accepting immigrants without any family in the United States, banning hate crimes, and scrapping the Electoral College.