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Gary Johnson and William Weld win post-debate LP convention straw polls

Libertarian Convention Debate Results Johnson & Weld Both Clinch Wins copy

From ALibertarianFuture.com, May 27th, 2016 (via American Third Party Report):

The Libertarian Party National Convention officially starts Friday May 27th. The night before, following tradition, there is an unofficial Presidential and Vice Presidential debate. There are no CSPAN cameras at this debate and it, sometimes unfortunately, gets much more heated. Nonetheless, the first Libertarian convention debate is considered the last word before the convention officially begins and is named accordingly. It’s critically important for anyone seeking the Presidential and Vice Presidential nominations to make a good impression during this debate. Luckily for the front runners, that was the case. Governors Gary Johnson and Bill Weld both clinched wins during their respective debates.

Read the rest of the article here, the results, taken from the article, are below:

Presidential straw poll:

  1. Gary Johnson – 35%
  2. Austin Petersen – 24%
  3. Darryl W. Perry – 23%
  4. John McAfee – 13%
  5. Marc Allen Feldman – 4%
  6. NOTA – 1%

Vice presidential straw poll:

  1. Bill Weld – 38%
  2. Will Coley – 21%
  3. Larry Sharpe – 21%
  4. Alicia Dearn – 13%
  5. Judd Weiss – 5%
  6. Stewart – 1%
  7. Ron Paul – 1%

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Krzysztof Lesiak

I've been a contributor for IPR since January 2013. I consider myself to be a paleoconservative. I'm also the founder of American Third Party Report. Email me at clesiakcrusader@gmail.com.

20 Comments

  1. Dave Terry Dave Terry May 28, 2016

    How has that worked out for YOU, Wes?

  2. Wes Wagner Wes Wagner May 28, 2016

    If these poll results were accurate Johnson should be worried. He is not the 2nd choice of most people who would not vote for him.

  3. paulie paulie May 28, 2016

    Gotta be impressed with Perry, considering the talking heads didn’t consider him a “frontrunner.”

    Agreed!

  4. paulie paulie May 28, 2016

    From what I saw, Larry Sharpe and Will Coley performed best, Alicia Dearn did OK, but it was NOT the best performance I have heard from her I believe tonight’s VP debate, Larry and Will, AGAIN kicked ass, Alicia did much better, but even Weld… EVERYONE stepped up their individual games!

    Larry and Will, from my vantage, took 1 and 2 both nights Passionate and Libertarian…

    I will be happy with 3 of the candidates for VP, and to be honest, I almost wish they were in the race for President! YES, they were all that good!

    Mostly agreed. However, I missed the first half of the official (later) debate due to LSLA and my region formation running over. But from what I did see, Weld was the least passionate both times, more or less phoning it in. Otherwise agreed with Mr. Scheetz.

  5. paulie paulie May 28, 2016

    Reid, Robinson, Smith, and Zeman I know are here, for sure.. I spoke with 3 of them, and Robinson does have a staffed table….

    I don’t know about Sloan

    I don’t remember Sloan being there.

  6. paulie paulie May 28, 2016

    Good point, the rads are split between several and the misplaced conservatives are united behind Weld and Johnson. That means their support should top at 40%.

    Too bad Johnson and Petersen combined make 60%, that means that a good choice will probably be eliminated before it comes down to the two of them.

    I would not draw such conclusions from a possibly stuffed poll that many delegates who were already there were not even aware of or chose to not be at, and before many other delegates even arrived.

  7. paulie paulie May 28, 2016

    LOL the one guy who voted for Paul. At least pick him for president, VP is kind of an insult at this point. Reminds me of the Greens who want Sanders as VP.

    I agree.

  8. paulie paulie May 28, 2016

    More seriously though, According to the article much of the audience was the Radical Caucus, not exactly Weld’s folks(or Johnson’s for that matter) So if this is true the actual nominations looks very good for them.

    Johnson folks HQ across the hall. They were in at the end to vote whether or not they were in the audience the rest of the time. The room was too large for me to know whether they were.

  9. paulie paulie May 28, 2016

    Some of the tellers suspected ballot stuffing. I don’t know of hard evidence, only circumstantial.

  10. George Whitfield George Whitfield May 28, 2016

    Can someone explain how Weld did better than Johnson in the straw poll?

  11. sparkey sparkey May 28, 2016

    Thanks! So the tier 3 debate was something like this?: Donaghe, Reid, Robinson, Smith, Zeman

  12. Steve Scheetz Steve Scheetz May 27, 2016

    Reid, Robinson, Smith, and Zeman I know are here, for sure.. I spoke with 3 of them, and Robinson does have a staffed table….

    I don’t know about Sloan

    Steve Scheetz

  13. sparkey sparkey May 27, 2016

    I’m still looking for the list of candidates who participated in the preliminary presidential debate. I understand that the top tier was Feldman (promoted from the middle tier), McAfee, Johnson, Perry, and Petersen; and the middle tier was Clements, Donaghe (promoted from the bottom tier), Feldman, McCormick, and Sterling. But what was the bottom tier? Was Reid, Robinson, Sloan, Smith, or Zeman there?

  14. Jeremy Siple Jeremy Siple May 27, 2016

    Gotta be impressed with Perry, considering the talking heads didn’t consider him a “frontrunner.”

  15. Steve Scheetz Steve Scheetz May 27, 2016

    From what I saw, Larry Sharpe and Will Coley performed best, Alicia Dearn did OK, but it was NOT the best performance I have heard from her I believe tonight’s VP debate, Larry and Will, AGAIN kicked ass, Alicia did much better, but even Weld… EVERYONE stepped up their individual games!

    Larry and Will, from my vantage, took 1 and 2 both nights Passionate and Libertarian…

    I will be happy with 3 of the candidates for VP, and to be honest, I almost wish they were in the race for President! YES, they were all that good!

    Sincerely,

    Steve Scheetz

  16. Ayn R. Key Ayn R. Key May 27, 2016

    Good point, the rads are split between several and the misplaced conservatives are united behind Weld and Johnson. That means their support should top at 40%.

    Too bad Johnson and Petersen combined make 60%, that means that a good choice will probably be eliminated before it comes down to the two of them.

  17. Dave Dave May 27, 2016

    LOL the one guy who voted for Paul. At least pick him for president, VP is kind of an insult at this point. Reminds me of the Greens who want Sanders as VP.

    More seriously though, According to the article much of the audience was the Radical Caucus, not exactly Weld’s folks(or Johnson’s for that matter) So if this is true the actual nominations looks very good for them.

  18. Andy Andy May 27, 2016

    I was there. I do not see how any libertarian could say that Weld won that debate.

  19. langa langa May 27, 2016

    Absolutely nauseating.

  20. Ayn R. Key Ayn R. Key May 27, 2016

    A Johnson / Weld ticket?

    I’ve got an idea. Let’s start a part for those of the ideology known as “libertarian” since no such party currently exists.

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