In an article by Chuck Muth published 28 June 2012 on FoxReno.com titled “BLOG: Where goeth Ron Paul/Gary Johnson voters in Nevada?” the author suggests the following strategy for maximizing third-party votes:
First, Republicans need to understand that browbeating and kvetching about “wasting your vote” on a third-party candidate will only cause those voters to dig in their heels. Instead, you might want to brush up on Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends” advice.
That said, Republicans must bear in mind that Libertarians have a political self-interest, as well. They’ve nominated the most credible and accomplished candidate in their party’s history, which could earn them a record-breaking popular vote total this year.
But there’s a way for everyone to eat their cake and have it, too. The way to do it is for Johnson and the LP to focus their campaigning in the solid “blue” (Obama) states where a popular vote for Johnson won’t affect the electoral vote calculus.
The entire article is available here: