RE: Governor Gary Johnson of New Mexico wins 2016 Michigan Straw Poll for the Libertarian Party
Delegates from throughout Michigan gathered in Berkley, Michigan this past Saturday for their quadrennial Straw Poll of support for candidates seeking the nomination of the Libertarian Party for President of the United States. Six candidates vied for their support. Delegates could donate to as many candidates as they choose up to the campaign finance limit.
Businessman and former two-term governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson was the run-away choice for voters, who in this one-of-a-kind event donated campaign dollars as “votes”. Only members of the Libertarian Party of Michigan were permitted to make donations, but anyone was allowed to come and listen.
The combined 4-digit fundraiser showed the growing support for Libertarian candidates, who hope to provide sensible alternatives in this unusually divisive presidential campaign season.
Mr. Johnson received 65% of the vote in a six-way contest which included publisher and media production manager Austin Petersen of Missouri (16%), and news media personality Darryl Perry of New Hampshire (7%). Anesthesiologist Marc Feldman of Ohio, software pioneer John McAfee, and new-age activist Joy Waymire of California also finished in single percentage digits.
Marc Feldman, while trailing in dollar volume, inspired delegates with his $5 campaign and off-beat humor which conjured the broad support model seen this year by Senator Bernie Sanders. While offering a very different vision of government than the Vermont Senator, Mr. Feldman agrees that money has bought influence at all levels of government. Feldman only trailed Johnson by one in the number of delegates contributing to his campaign.
Since 2004, the Libertarian Party of Michigan has led the nation with its unique “put up or shut up” campaign fundraising event. It has served as a bellwether of success at the LPUSA national convention – with every eventual nominee participating in previous Michigan Straw Polls. Gary Johnson was also the winner of the 2012 event – and went on to earn the nomination of the Libertarian Party that year.
For more information on the 2016 Michigan Straw Poll:
Kimberly McCurry, Chair
Libertarian Party of Michigan