Skip to comments.Is Gary Johnson the New Ross Perot? (Third party disaster in the works)
Posted on 08/20/2012 10:49:00 AM PDT by CaptainKrunch
The Former Governor of New Mexico and current Libertarian Party candidate for president Gary Johnson isnt likely going to become the next president, but that doesnt mean he wont have an effect on the outcome of the election come November.
Johnson briefly participated in the Republican primaries and debates before switching over to the Libertarian ticket, and per Fox News, Johnson is polling about 5% nationwide, which isnt particularly bad for a third party candidate. Despite his low numbers, Johnson isbeginning to show a little pull in a few battleground states out west which includes New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado.
According to the same poll, he is polling at about 9% in Arizona and 13% in New Mexico its not enough to win, but it could certainly be enough to hand out a disadvantage to the major party candidate that he is taking votes away from.
Earlier in the week, the Libertarian Party had this to say about Gary Johnson, Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gov. Gary Johnson Could Deprive Mitt Romney of 5 battleground states, 74 Electoral Votes, 27% of the Electoral Votes needed to win in 2012.
Possibly, depending on what States he qualifies for. I’m more concerned about Goode who seems to be attempting to purposefully qualify for swing States with very close races like Virginia where a few thousand points or a delegate allocation could make the difference. It is almost like Goode is targeting Romney versus trying to win.
Agreed. And who’s to say these candidates wouldn’t steal votes away from 0bama? I’d be far more worried about voter fraud, especially with illegal aliens getting driver’s licenses (Voter I.D.) under 0bama’s amnesty plan. ‘Motor voter’, same day registration, etc.
It’s not like it hasn’t happened before, thank you Ralph Nader (and Pat Buchanan). G.W. Bush had his faults, but not being Al Gore was certainly not one of them.
I don’t see him polling more than 5% in any state, but depending on the state, his support could be enough to tilt the election to Obama.
At least I’ve heard of Goode. I never heard of this other guy or the outfit hawking him.
Not unless he's led all candidates with 37% support for part of this summer. Let's hope he's not the libertarian Ralph Nader in his impact of this year's election (I think around 5% of the vote).
Actually, Nader got 2.7% (2,880,000) of the vote in 2000 and around 97,000 votes in Florida.
Former Gov of NM. Love the guy on fiscal issues. Like most Libertarians though, he completely goes rubber room when it gets to social issues and foreign policy. Anyone who claims Iran is no great threat needs to be as far away from the Oval Office as possible.
I think there was some polling that suggested that Johnson might tip Colorado to Romney (taking the pot vote from Obama).
I don’t think so. America is VERY different now. Polls make it clear that there are only somewhere between 2-4% of people that either haven’t made up their minds or are open to changing them. All the other votes are set in stone. It’s why I don’t expect much of a bump for either Romney or Obama after the Conventions.
True. A better anology is Ralph Nader, who gave the presidency to Bush 43.
Another irrelevant egomaniac decides to screw up a presidential election. If this clown actually cared about the future of the USA, he’d drop out and endorse Romney, reminding his idiot followers that the most important thing in the world is to get rid of Obama. He can always bitch and moan after Romney is elected.
What has Obama promised him if he takes enough votes to get Obama reelected?
If he is being funded by Soros and company, yes.
If they see a use for him, he’ll get plenty of Democrat and Soros money. Woodrow Wilson pulled this trick with ex-president Teddy Roosevelt and the Bull Moose Party, IIRC.
Gary Johnson has the charisma of a cashew. Who’s ever heard him speak? Did he even get invited to a Republican debate? I think he did, but I can’t remember. Unless the MSM starts pushing him hard, don’t think GJ is much of an upsetter.
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