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Libertarian Gary Johnson throws US Senate race in chaos
The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 16, 2018 | Russell Contreras, The Associated Press

Posted on 08/16/2018 9:41:19 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said in seeking to make history and capture a U.S. Senate seat in New Mexico he'll have to give up a few of his favorite activities: marathon biking rides, hanging out in his northern New Mexico "dream" home and tuning out news about President Donald Trump.

But he can't promise he won't smoke an occasional joint.

Johnson, who served two terms as New Mexico governor in the 1990s and gained national attention as one of the first mainstream politicians to call for the legalization of marijuana, announced Thursday that he's seeking to unseat Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich after the previous Libertarian nominee dropped out the race.

Johnson told reporters at his newly minted and empty Albuquerque headquarters that his candidacy was a longshot, but he felt he had no choice given Trump's unacceptable actions on immigration and free trade....

(Excerpt) Read more at sfchronicle.com ...


TOPICS: New Mexico; Campaign News; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: 2018election; 2020election; abortion; albuquerque; aleppo; california; election2018; election2020; garyjohnson; homosexualagenda; johnson; libertarian; libertarianparty; libertarians; lping; marijuana; martinheinrich; medicalmarijuana; newmexico; russellcontreras
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1 posted on 08/16/2018 9:41:19 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Impy; LS; BillyBoy; AuH2ORepublican; NFHale; campaignPete R-CT; CedarDave

Unless the Republican (Rich) withdraws or Johnson withdraws, this only serves to reelect Heinrich with two opponents. Somebody will have to get out in order to win.


2 posted on 08/16/2018 9:46:22 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj ("It's Slappin' Time !")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
From the Wikipedia, we see the third-party curse:

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Martin
Heinrich (D)
Mick
Rich (R)
Gary
Johnson (L)
Undecided
GBA Strategies (D-Heinrich) August 1–5, 2018 800 ± 3.5% 47% 29% 22%
NSON Opinion Strategy (L) July 2018 500 39% 25% 24%

There ought to be a runoff if nobody gets over 50%.

3 posted on 08/16/2018 9:51:53 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I hope you realize he’s doing this on purpose to elect the Democrat.


4 posted on 08/16/2018 9:56:12 PM PDT by Williams (Stop tolerating the intolerant.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Libertarians want to elect Democrats.


5 posted on 08/16/2018 10:05:18 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Johnson’s a loon.


6 posted on 08/16/2018 10:11:17 PM PDT by Bullish (My tagline is here. you just can't see it.)
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To: Williams; All

‘I hope you realize he’s doing this on purpose to elect the Democrat.’

Yes I believe that. The question is why? Johnson certainly has less in common with the Dem that the GOP candidate. Johnson seems to have become a strange and angrily crazy person after dealing with the painful and extended recovery from his paragliding accident. I suspect he still has a lot of residual pain and always will. He seems to be in a rage much of the time which is consistent with many chronic pain sufferers.


8 posted on 08/16/2018 10:34:30 PM PDT by robowombat (Orthodox)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

After looking at the polls, it looks to me that it would take more than the withdrawal of Johnson to get Rich elected. Given the Johnson, supports marijuana legalization, he probably is peeling off votes from the Democrat as well.


9 posted on 08/16/2018 10:40:46 PM PDT by Crucial
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Liebertarian he is. These are flaming liberals pausing as libertarians. They have more in common with Bernie Sanders than democrats


10 posted on 08/16/2018 11:03:32 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t care what anyone says. This guy corrupted the Libertarian party, and he has no sense of concern for the control of the Senate at this critical time. He is not a good person.


11 posted on 08/16/2018 11:05:01 PM PDT by Revel
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So now the press isn’t so fond of Gary


12 posted on 08/16/2018 11:41:04 PM PDT by Nifster (I see puppy dogs in the clouds)
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To: Revel

“I don’t care what anyone says. This guy corrupted the Libertarian party, and he has no sense of concern for the control of the Senate at this critical time. He is not a good person.”

Agree.

He is not, at least in my mind a Libertarian. True libertarians know absolutely that the biggest threat to personal liberty is Socialism. A true libertarian would oppose socialism at every opportunity.


13 posted on 08/16/2018 11:47:39 PM PDT by Fai Mao (There is no rule of law in the US until The PIAPS is executed.)
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To: Crucial

Any Republican that would break from the GOP candidate over Trump’s immigration and trade policies was already voting Democrat anyway. I don’t see who the GOP-voting constituency for this candidacy might be.


14 posted on 08/16/2018 11:49:23 PM PDT by thoughtomator (Number of arrested coup conspirators to date: 1)
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15 posted on 08/17/2018 4:23:45 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Pro-weed Libertarians tend to steal from both parties.


16 posted on 08/17/2018 4:28:11 AM PDT by AppyPappy (Don't mistake your dorm political discussions with the desires of the nation)
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To: AppyPappy

Which is why conservatives need to run DINOs in ‘Rat primaries.


17 posted on 08/17/2018 4:31:50 AM PDT by mewzilla (Has the FBI been spying on members of Congress?)
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To: Williams

He’s been paid to run.


18 posted on 08/17/2018 4:34:13 AM PDT by abb ("News reporting is too important to be left to the journalists." Walter Abbott (1950 -))
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To: Williams

Yep. I’m sure he got a house deal like Bolshevik Bernie did.


19 posted on 08/17/2018 4:35:31 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Where is Aleppo?”


20 posted on 08/17/2018 4:48:12 AM PDT by DFG
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