PARTY REVOLT: Delegate Straw Poll Places Gary Johnson Nomination In Doubt

The Liberty  Conservative has just received a photo from an anonymous delegate at the Libertarian National Convention in Orlando, where the Libertarian Party’s 2016 Presidential nominee is being selected. This photo is of the final results of the straw poll taken of the delegates to determine who will make the debate stage for tonight’s CSPAN Debate. With the cut off having been in the mid 80’s for entry, there will be five candidates on the stage. That being said, what is more interesting about these results is Gary Johnson’s underwhelming performance in the straw poll. This was a poll exclusively of delegates to the convention, and Johnson received 226 out of 747 votes for a 30.2% share of the vote. For a candidate who the media has reported to have 60%+ of the delegates backing him that is a huge red flag. If this share of the vote holds up on the first vote at the convention Gary could find himself in a dead heat with John McAfee or Austin Petersen as early as the second ballot, as candidates like Darryl Perry and Marc Feldman are more likely to have their support go to one of those two than Johnson. Buckle your seatbelts folks, we may be in for quite a ride when the vote is taken Sunday morning!


Rocco Lucente is the Editor-at-Large of The Liberty Conservative as well as the chairman of the Town of Ulysses GOP and a county coordinator of Campaign For Liberty in New York.


  1. This was not a straw poll. It is a count of tokens that delegates were able to use give to a candidate and the token count is used to determine eligibility for the debate tonight and to be on the ballot tomorrow. This is my rough understanding. It was not a straw poll and people did give tokens to candidates that were not their first choice in order to prevent their exclusion.

  2. And of course such an esteemed publication would publish drivel from an uncited “source”. Keep up with the “integrity” of your utterances. 🙂

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