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Could the Libertarian Party spoil the election?

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by mrskeet410, May 7, 2012.

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  1. mrskeet410

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    "A fiscally conservative, socially liberal former GOP candidate is making a third-party run for the White House — and hopes to participate in the fall presidential debates

    Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson didn't have much luck in the Republican presidential race — rarely registering as more than an asterisk in the polls, and failing to qualify for nearly every debate — but he's done better since his December decision to jump over to the Libertarian Party. On Saturday, Johnson won the Libertarians' presidential nomination with 74 percent of the vote at the party's convention in Las Vegas. Now, the pro-gun, pro-gay-marriage Johnson will be making a direct appeal to the independents who will decide the race between President Obama and Mitt Romney. Could he win enough protest votes to tip the election?

    Johnson may derail Mitt: "Johnson has almost zero chance of winning the race," says Heath Haussaman at New Mexico Politics, but he might well win enough votes to play the role of spoiler, just as Ralph Nader did in 2000. And this time around, the third-party candidate is bad news for the Republican Romney. Although liberals find Johnson somewhat appealing, he's more likely to siphon away fiscal conservatives in the libertarian wing of the GOP now that he's running as a Libertarian..."

    http://news.yahoo.com/gary-johnson-2012-could-libertarian-party-spoil-election-112100227.html
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    Sunny here today. Absolutely beautiful.
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    On the road in Auburn, ME. 64 and beautiful today. Rain tomorrow.
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    Rain, rain, rain.
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    Calling for a little rain later this week. Otherwise it's a nice day in northern Delaware.
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    Hope to burn my brush pile tonight. We are suppose to get rain for the next two days. Hope to light it up about 9:00pm. Going to have some fun with matches. LOL
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