On July 4th, 2019, better known as Independence Day, Representative Justin Amash announced and declared his independence from the Republican Party through an op-ed in The Washington Post. He becomes the only independent member of the United States House of Representatives this Congress. This is likely to have little effect on voting and the balance of power in the 116th Congress.
There was speculation that Amash may seek the Libertarian Party presidential nomination, a notion that was mentioned across much of mainstream media over the last few days. Several major media sources including the Washington Post and Politico made note of this.
According to Google Trends, a site that tracks Google searches of search terms, several terms including “Libertarian Party” and “Libertarian Party Nomination” saw large spikes in searches both on July 4th and July 5th. At one point, the search term “Libertarian Party of Michigan” saw a 600% increase in searches.
It’s undeniable that Amash leaving the Republican Party has brought the Libertarian Party a significant amount of free press but whether the rumors and speculation of Amash running for President are true is yet to be seen.