A new poll finds Gary Johnson recording his highest numbers yet AP Photo/John Raoux
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson speaks to supporters and delegates at the National Libertarian Party Convention, Friday, May 27, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson has recorded his most support among registered voters in recent memory and could land a spot on the debate stages this fall, a new poll finds.

A national Morning Consult survey conducted July 8-10 has Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton narrowly leading her Republican counterpart Donald Trump 39 percent to 37 percent, within the survey’s margin of error of 2 percent.

Johnson, meanwhile, receives 12 percent, up from 10 percent in mid-June. Thirteen percent don’t know or have no opinion.

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Without Johnson in the mix, Clinton leads Trump 42 percent to 41 percent, while 18 percent don’t know or have no opinion.

Morning Consult polled 2,001 voters.

If Johnson continues on this trajectory, he could be on the presidential debate stages alongside Clinton and Trump. The former New Mexico governor needs an average 15 percent of support from the national electorate as determined by five selected public polling groups.

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The poll comes after Johnson told the Washington Post editorial board last week that the officer-involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota were the result of the war on drugs.

“Well, just that that’s where it started, the notion of ‘shoot first,’ that it’s drug-related, that doors get broken down, that everybody’s a drug dealer or everybody’s a criminal. That’s where I believe that this all started. I don’t have all the answers for what happened,” Johnson told editorial page editor Fred Hiatt.

h/t: LP

James Beattie About the author:
James Beattie is a freelance writer, former staff writer for Western Journalism, and former producer for The Laura Ingraham Show. His work has also appeared at CNS News and Save Jersey, a New Jersey-based politics blog. Follow him on Twitter @JamesGBeattie
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