Gary Johnson races around US to qualify for presidential debates

DENVER (AP) - Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson is crisscrossing the country in a desperate, last-ditch attempt to boost his national poll numbers and qualify for the presidential debates.

Johnson needs to reach an average of 15 percent in five national polls that the Commission on Presidential Debates relies upon to qualify for the first presidential debate on Sept. 26. But even his campaign manager says reaching that threshold is "unrealistic." Johnson currently is just below 9 percent in the three of those polls with results available so far.

Johnson became a viral sensation last week when he was stumped on national television by a question about the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo. His baffled response - "What is Aleppo?" - ricocheted around the internet.

Copyright 2016 Associated Press


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