They can count on:
- Elected office experience (far more than the presumptive GOP nominee)
- Track record (far more, etc)
- A decent runway on an issue that some portion of the electorate cares deeply about (pot legalization). They are “on the right side of history,” in terms of what will happen over the next 10 years.
- Totally pissed off wings of the major parties, that dislike their respective leaders, opening the way for outsized third-party success in 2016.
I’m not saying they’ll win or anything, or even necessarily gain any electoral college votes, but they could be a significant factor in the election, especially in a number of states. They are worthy of attention and coverage in any case.
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