Jill Stein is officially 2016's Ralph Nader
If you're still mourning President-elect Donald Trump's election win, you might want to take Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein off your holiday party invite list. That's because when Trump's margins of victory in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are stacked up against the number of votes Stein earned in those three decisive states, the results are pretty stark:
While there's certainly no guarantee Stein's votes would have gone to Hillary Clinton, the comparisons between Stein and Ralph Nader, the Green Party's presidential candidate in 2000, are unavoidable. Back when the candidates were George W. Bush and Al Gore, Bush won Florida by just 537 votes, while Nader snagged 97,488. In New Hampshire, Gore lost by just over 7,000 votes — while Nader raked in upwards of 22,000 votes.
While there are naysayers, Nader, Politico argued, "probably cost Al Gore the presidency."