By Linda Killian, Wall Street Journal, July 1st, 2016:
Whatever metric you use – whether it’s the historically high negatives for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton; the overwhelming desire by voters for change and their mistrust of establishment politicians; or the 71% of voters who say this country is on the wrong track, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll — this is clearly a year ripe for an independent presidential challenge.
That’s good news for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, the former two-term governor of New Mexico. Mr. Johnson ran as the Libertarian candidate in 2012 and won just 1% of the vote. But in this turbulent year, he is getting much broader exposure from media outlets, is polling significantly better and is emerging as a viable third-party alternative.
By Daniel Dale, Toronto Star, July 1st, 2016:
WASHINGTON—Libertarian Party conventions are reliably good for a laugh. This year’s gathering in Orlando featured a candidate, an ex-fugitive candidate who once lived with a harem of young women, and a candidate who argued that 5-year-olds have the right to shoot heroin unsupervised.
And then things got really bizarre. The Libertarian Party nominated two experienced executives.
Sure, they aren’t exactly conventional politicians. Presidential nominee Gary Johnson, twice-elected former governor of New Mexico, is an Everest-climbing marijuana smoker who once ran a company called Cannabis Sativa Inc. Vice-presidential nominee William Weld, twice-elected former governor of Massachusetts, is a Grateful Deadhead who once jumped fully clothed into a river to celebrate an anti-pollution law.
By Brian Doherty, Reason.com, June 30th, 2016:
A newly released poll by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, done for a couple of Democratic Party-associated operations, covered nine battleground states and has some encouraging and/or just interesting results for Libertarian Gary Johnson. The survey was of 2700 likely voters and conducted from June 11-20.
Across those nine states (Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin) some big picture stuff: