No protest votes, please

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Pa­tri­cia Owens, Tow­son

In the last elec­tion for gover­nor, Larry Ho­gan won be­cause many Democrats did not like Lt. Gov. An­thony Brown and would not vote for him. What were they think­ing? By not vot­ing for Mr. Brown, or by vot­ing for a third-party can­di­date, they ef­fec­tively gave Mr. Ho­gan a win­ning ticket.

And now we have a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion. A vote for a third-party can­di­date, or re­fus­ing to vote for for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton, may just guar­an­tee a Don­ald Trump vic­tory in what now, amaz­ingly, looks to be a very close elec­tion (“Don­ald Trump signs copy of Bal­ti­more Sun dur­ing Dun­dalk stop,” Sept. 13). Protest votes at this junc­ture are point­less. One of the two top can­di­dates is go­ing to be pres­i­dent.

Vot­ers should ask them­selves, “Do I re­ally want Don­ald Trump rep­re­sent­ing the United States to the whole world?” and then vote ac­cord­ingly.

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