Gary Johnson is a Presidential candidate for the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party. He was previously a candidate in the GOP primary in which a fellow competitor for votes was Ron Paul. This is why Gary Johnson’s editorial at Daily Caller calling attention to Ron Paul’s performance in New Hampshire is interesting.
But something funny happened Tuesday in New Hampshire. Ron Paul finished a very strong second in the state’s “open” primary with 23% of the vote. Perhaps even more significant, every exit poll shows that Dr. Paul was the winner among young voters, independents and other “non-traditional” Republican primary voters. In other words, he did pretty darn well among those same demographic groups that elected Barack Obama.
The crowds at Ron Paul’s events in New Hampshire may not have looked like the good folks who typically show up at Lincoln Day dinners, but they were big, they were enthusiastic and they produced an election night outcome that shoved several “mainstream” candidates to the back of the bus to South Carolina and beyond.
Johnson uses the final couple of paragraphs to explain why Paul’s good showing in New Hampshire is a good sign for “liberty”.