Barr and his campaign manager, Russell Verney, said they’re developing a plan to raise $30 million before Nov. 4, and a plan to target certain states that Barr said are “top priority in terms of meeting the goals, both the vote goals and the electoral vote goals.”
Although Barr says he plans to “travel the width and breadth of this great land,” it seems the campaign will be pursuing a variation of the “winnable state” strategy examined earlier by IPR.
“There are certain states that are a one-party state,” said [campaign manager Russ] Verney, a veteran of independent Ross Perot’s 1992 campaign, when the Texas billionaire got more than 19 percent of the vote. “Republicans write off certain states, Democrats write off certain states. We will devote more resources to certain states.”
Which states might be “winnable”? The AJC article quotes Cato’s David Boaz:
“The best opportunities would be New Hampshire, which is arguably the most Libertarian state in the country and where, in 2006, the Republicans just got wiped out,” Boaz said.
From there, Barr should look west.
“Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Arizona,” Boaz said, adding Colorado and Alaska.
New Mexico could be a possibility, also, he said.
Boaz and Cato, it’s important to note, were accused by many of sensationalizing Ron Paul’s “newsletter scandal.”
To date, Bob Barr has raised just under $190,000.