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Mike Gravel Dead at 91

Former Senator Mike Gravel of Alaska, a 2008 candidate for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination, has died at the age of 91, his namesake Gravel Institute reports:

A two term Democratic Senator, prior to his Libertarian candidacy, Gravel ran for the Democratic Party’s 2008 presidential nomination. Although he was able to appear in a few presidential debates, his campaign was largely ignored.  While still in the race he endorsed Green Party presidential candidate Jesse Johnson.  Johnson went on to lose the nomination to former Representative Cynthia McKinney.  Eventually, Gravel withdrew from the Democratic race and began his Libertarian campaign.  He lost this bid to former Congressman Bob Barr at the National Convention. Upon his defeat, Gravel lamented the end of his political career.  However, he would run again. Gravel remained with the Libertarian Party until 2010 when he rejoined the Democrats.

Gravel sought the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination at the age of 88, and was shut out of the process even more so than in 2008.  He was not invited to any debates and received scant media coverage.  After his withdrawal in August 2019 he endorsed the presidential campaigns of Representative Tulsi Gabbard and Senator Bernie Sanders.

On Twitter, independent Senator Sanders reflected on Gravel:

The official Twitter accounts for the Texas and North Carolina Libertarian parties added their remarks on the passing:

One Comment

  1. Richard Winger Richard Winger June 27, 2021

    It seems odd that two individuals who sought a Libertarian presidential nomination died only 3 days apart.

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