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Suddenly, the principal presidential campaigns in the United States are having second thoughts about third-party candidacies.

Unlike the Canadian political system, where several parties are well-established and well-subscribed, the American political system has been so dominated for a century and a half by the Republican and Democratic parties that ordinarily barely a thought is given to outside parties – and even when, as in 1912, there were multiple significant entries on the presidential ballot, these entities inevitably are described, almost always dismissively, as “third parties.” But as the struggle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tightens – the closely monitored RealClear Politics polling average now has Ms. Clinton ahead by less than a percentage point – the significance of outside candidates, especially Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, is becoming clearer.

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