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Gary Johnson said this election cycle is so 'crazy' he may win


Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is determined to qualify for the first presidential debate on Sept. 26, but in an interview with "Fox News Sunday," Johnson made it clear he still has his eye on the White House. 

As the interview was coming to an end, Johnson told Chris Wallace: "You know how crazy this election cycle is. I might be the next president. You know that, right?"

Few would argue with Johnson's assessment of the election thus far, but he still hasn't even qualified for the debate. 

Johnson admitted on "Fox News Sunday" that it's "game over" if he doesn't secure a spot on the debate stage. 

The former governor of New Mexico needs to be at the 15 percent threshold to join Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the debate, according to Politico. 

Johnson told Politico he is at 10 percent in five polls but has seen an increase of approximately four percentage points during the last six weeks. 

"We're optimistic we're going to actually get into the debates," Johnson told Politico. "We're spending money right now in many states, and in five states right now we're at 16 percent. So I'm just really optimistic."

 Earlier this month, the Commission on Presidential Debates told venues to prepare for a three-person forum, according to Politico.  

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