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Token Count Currently Favors Gary Johnson, Then Lee Wrights

The token system at the Libertarian Party National Convention is a way to determine which Presidential (and Vice Presidential) candidates will be able to participate in the debate on Friday night (which is being shown, live, on C-SPAN). Over at the Reason Hit&Run blog they have some coverage of this token system, as well as pictures.

As of 4:15pm today the token tally showed former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson on top with 63, followed by editor Lee Wrights with 18. Jim Burns and Carl Person (pronounced peer-son) received two tokens each while a handful of others picked up just one.

30 tokens are required in order to get on the debate stage Friday night, so as of this report, only Gary Johnson was going to qualify.

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  1. Thomas Hill Thomas Hill May 4, 2012

    As Lee’s campaign manager, I have 35 presidential tokens from yesterday that are not reflected in those numbers. I was an observer when the ballot box was audited after the business session yesterday. I made the secretary aware that we were collecting tokens on our own. I will be turning those tokens at 8:00 am this morning. All tokens are due to be turned in by 3:00 this afternoon. Also, a candidate must get 10% of delegate’s tokens to qualify for the debate. I corrected the gentleman from Reason later last evening.

  2. Nicholas Sarwark Nicholas Sarwark May 4, 2012

    The count doesn’t mean much until later today when the delegation chairs are reminded of the deadline.

  3. Darryl W. Perry Darryl W. Perry May 4, 2012

    While a Wrights/Johnson debate will be good, it would be better with more candidates.

  4. Trent Hill Trent Hill Post author | May 4, 2012

    Thomas–thanks for the update. Please let us know when/if the official token count is known.

  5. Thomas Hill Thomas Hill May 4, 2012

    @5 The delegate count this morning was 528. So a candidate needs a minimum of 53 tokens. Johnson and Wrights have met the threshold. It is unlikely anyone else will make the cut but we shall see…

  6. paulie paulie May 4, 2012

    I got a few for Jim Burns/ probably not enough

  7. just saying just saying May 4, 2012

    Doesn’t each delegate receive multiple (six?) tokens to distribute among the candidates?

  8. Sebastian Knowlton Sebastian Knowlton May 4, 2012

    Does anyone have an official word on whether or not Bill Still has dropped out?

  9. paulie paulie May 4, 2012

    Bill Still said he was not coming here so I would say that means he dropped out.

  10. Thomas L. Knapp Thomas L. Knapp May 4, 2012


    If I recall correctly, each delegate receives one token for the presidential contest, and other tokens for other purposes.

    It’s a pretty complicated system. Presumably intentionally so, for purposes of discouraging eccentric results (like real debates) that the Beautiful People find embarrassing. Wouldn’t want to ruin their subsidized luxury vacations by dropping a real political convention into the mix, old chap.

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