Popular wisdom seems to indicate that when votes are placed for a Libertarian or other third party candidate, that essentially counts as a vote for the Democratic contender. Unfortunately, not only is that logically untrue, it is mathematically untrue as well.
The only way to vote for a candidate is to – you guessed it – placing your vote for that candidate. Voting for a third party is not the same as voting for one of the “Big Two” political parties. The real argument is that a vote for a third party will not directly cancel out a vote for the “other” major political party. That is an accurate representation of the issue, but slaves to the two-party system refuse to accept it. The fundamental ignorance and collective lie being perpetrated by these empty talking heads stands as a perfect example of why our country has maintained the two-party abyss that we find our nation in. Advancing a purposeful untruth does not effect political reality. It never has.