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Gary Johnson, sliding in polls, to rally supporters in Sacramento

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson speaks during a campaign stop at the Cobo Center on Friday, October 28, 2016, in Detroit.
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson speaks during a campaign stop at the Cobo Center on Friday, October 28, 2016, in Detroit. AP

Libertarian Gary Johnson, stepping up attacks on his presidential rivals as he slides deeper in national polls, will stop off in Sacramento Friday night for a rally.

Johnson, the former Republican governor of New Mexico, has seen his support wane in recent weeks as he suffered embarrassing policy gaffes and failed to make the debate stage.

He has sought to distance himself from Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump by suggesting that a Clinton presidency would invite swift impeachment hearings while Trump could be tried for “underage rape.” Meantime, Johnson’s running mate, Bill Weld, is making headlines for “vouching for Mrs. Clinton,” a sign he’s more concerned about Trump winning the presidential contest.

Johnson is scheduled to headline the public event Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Mirage Banquet Hall on El Camino Avenue.

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago

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