Gary Johnson wins 75.3% of first-choice votes in Minnesota L.P. presidential caucuses

From the Libertarian Party of Minnesota: 

March 1, 2016

In several states including Minnesota, “Super Tuesday” featured highly contested races between multiple contenders in both the Republican and Democratic presidential races, undoubtedly spurring higher than usual turnout among the public for those parties.

Exactly 227 Minnesotans decided that they didn’t care.

Not wanting to be fooled anymore by the Two Big Old parties, they came to the Libertarian caucuses instead, ready to support something better. Conducted in every region of the state, those who came gave the Libertarian Party of Minnesota its highest caucus turnout in its history.

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, the only Libertarian presidential candidate to have campaigned in Minnesota due to his previous 2012 candidacy, was the overwhelming favorite in all regions, except for one. In Minneapolis, Johnson tied with software magnate John McAfee for 1st Choice votes.

The LPMN used Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) to conduct its presidential preference poll. Statewide, the top four 1st Choice vote-getters were: Gary Johnson 75.3%, John McAfee 11.9%, Austin Petersen 7.5%, and Darryl Perry 1.8%.

Among the top four 2nd Choice vote-getters: John McAfee 36.4%, Gary Johnson 18.7%, Austin Petersen 17.3%, and Steve Kerbel 11.7%.

A graph of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Choices shows that Johnson, McAfee, Petersen, Kerbel, and Perry are among the top tier of presidential contenders in a busy race of 12 Libertarian candidates (see inset graphic).

Minnesota Libertarians are gearing up for a third Libertarian Presidential Debate to be held March 7 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Concerned about the expansion of government control and the erosion of individual liberty? Please consider joining and becoming active with the Libertarian Party of Minnesota. Libertarians support liberty on all issues, all the time! Libertarianism is a philosophical and political movement to promote personal freedom, strong civil liberties, a genuinely free marketplace, and peace.

6 thoughts on “Gary Johnson wins 75.3% of first-choice votes in Minnesota L.P. presidential caucuses

  1. Thomas L. Knapp

    Disappointing, but not unexpected, that Johnson enjoys considerable residual support.

    Fortunately it’s still nearly three months until the nominating convention and three months is forever in politics.

    Time to help LP members extract crania from recta and get this race narrowed down to the serious candidates (Perry and McAfee).

  2. Patrick

    Perry is the principled candidate that is comfortable with the philosophy, can speak from the heart and get it right. The others speak Liberty Lite.

  3. Matt Cholko

    I’m reading this as GJ, McAfee, Petersen, followed by Perry & Kerbel basically tied for 4th. Perry got more 1st choice votes, but Kerbel got more second and third choice votes. I think this largely jibes with what I’m seeing in social media and IPR, and hearing from Ls I know.

  4. Shivany Lane

    Congrats for getting such a large turnout of Libertarians. Let’s hope the momentum continues as we move forward towards the General election.

    Given that John McAfee has never campaigned in Minnesota and he has only really been in politics for 4 months, I would have to say that he made a better than decent showing. Name Recognition helps but many people equate the name with the crappy software Intel turned it into.

    John speaks the language of the people. It transcends all the big L/little l bullshit and touches you on a personal level. He will surround himself with so-called TRUE Libertarians to advise him on policy while he will do what he does best, speak to “We the people”.

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