LP Michigan: Governor Gary Johnson of New Mexico wins 2016 Michigan Straw Poll for the Libertarian Party

Libertarian_Party_of_Michigan_LogoFor Immediate Release
March 22, 2016 – Lansing, Michigan Headquarters of the Michigan Libertarian Party of Michigan

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
Phone: 888-FREE-NOW
Fax: 616-884-2221
E-Mail: chair@michiganlp.org

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4 thoughts on “LP Michigan: Governor Gary Johnson of New Mexico wins 2016 Michigan Straw Poll for the Libertarian Party

  1. Derrick Michael Reid

    The issue is not defeating the Democrat and Republican nominees. The issue is not saving the US from social chaos and economic ruination and wars, as the skills and plans are solidly in place. The real issue is, are the libertarians so locked into emotional narrow-spectrum pandering that they can not think logically, or enamored by the last failing candidate, or impressed by current public notoriety, to actually believe that any one of the other presidential candidates has the intellectual capacity, knowledge base, and command leadership, necessary, to go toe-to-toe the Clinton crime family and that infantile bombastic property mogul? After nearly 50 years, the LP remains stagnant as a political curiosity, pushing hard core anarchy, sovereignty and drug war end, the collective dead end political road, proved time and again. The turn out at the state conventions are embarrassing low, eg PA with 13m population, yet only 50 show up, and that poor turn out has been across the country without exception. The other LP candidates do not know how to present the LP message to appeal to 90% of the voters and do not know how to fashion and execute a comprehensive solution set that would attract 90% of the voters. The LP FL delegates should not perpetuate the LP national tradition of failure. The drug war end can be presented as a war on DC totalitarianism, and sovereignty presented as fitting within federalism, so at to attract, not alienate 90% of the voters. Other candidates have disjointed collections of proposed band aids, and not an integrated comprehensive solution set that is necessary to appeal to 90% of the voters, and to solve many major systemic problems facing the nation. The LP FL delegates should nominate the only candidate who can and would win the White House through message appeal, solution attraction, execution skill set and experience, and knowledge base to defeat the DEM/REP nominees. The LP message of minimum government, maximum freedom, mutual tolerance, as well as drug war end and sovereignty can be presented to appeal to 90% of the voters, along with a comprehensive solution set to attract 90% of the voters, by one with the skill set necessary, to win the White House, only as positioned by yours truly.

    Very Truly Yours, in Liberty and Freedom,
    Derrick Michael Reid B.S.E.E., J.D.,
    2016 Presidential Candidate, Libertarian Party,
    Engineer, Patent Lawyer, Military Scientist,
    Market Analyst, and Geopolitical Analyst.
    PO Box 1584, Laguna Beach, CA 92652
    Contact Email: Libereens@yahoo.com
    Skype Account Name: derrickmichaelreid

  2. Wes Wagner

    Pandering without hundreds of millions of dollars does not win elections. Attempting to pander while not having the money to use that as a winning strategy does nothing to grow and motivate your base.

    We need candidates that will educate people and grow the base. When the base is large enough, radical enough, and motivated enough, that is when change happens.

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