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Gary Johnson Gets 1.2 Million Votes, 45,900 In Sunshine State

by Javier Manjarres

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson was on the ballot in Florida and racked up 45,900 votes. Some Republicans has feared that the right-leaning Johnson would pick up Ron Paul voters in the Sunshine State that would otherwise go to Romney in a skin-tight race with Obama for Florida’s electoral votes, but it didn’t happen. Ron Paul got 151,000 in the Florida GOP Primary while Johnson only scored about a third of that. The misperceived closeness of the race persuaded many who preferred Johnson to vote for Romney in Florida.

Johnson fought his way on to the ballot in 48 states–an incredible feat that proves the election of a third party candidate is at least feasible.  Johnson gained 1.2 million votes nationwide and actually scored better in Colorado where he took 2% of the vote. He took 1 % in Oregon and Washington, and 3% in New Mexico. Johnson told the Libertarian publication Reason that he would probably not run in 2016 and speculation for the parties 2016 nomination is focused on two former Judges- Judge Andrew Napolitano, who is the outspoken Libertarian FOX legal analyst and Judge Jim Gray, who was Johnson’s Vice Presidential running mate and has proven to be a dogged and durable campaigner for the ticket.

The Florida Libertarian Party which has 39,000 registered members in Florida  was happy with their showing and vowed to field a candidate for Governor of Florida in 2014. “We will field a strong candidate for Governor who supports the legalization of medicinal marijuana and cutting state spending,” said Miami-Dade County Libertarian Party Chairwoman Diane Thorne.  “Rick Scott and Charlie Crist will be in a 3-way race,” she said.

SHARKTANK contributor ROGER STONE supported Johnson and talked to FOX about the two party monopoly on the debate and ballot access process as well as the purported media bias against third Parties.

“Now I know what Teddy Roosevelt felt like when he became a Bull Moose,” Stone told FOX. (Link)

Related: Shark Tank Interviews Gary Johnson

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  • Isabella1709

    The Libertarian’s will be content with their “principles” and losing every single race to the Democrats and dragging the rest of us down with them. What do they care, it’s not their country or state.???

    • REC member

      Quit crying about 45,900 votes. And this is the STUPIDEST election related comment I have seen to date.
      “What do they care, it’s not their country or state.???” Um, yes it is. They are American just like you. Go back to sleep.

  • RedStateDan

    The very FIRST thing the Libertarian Chairwoman talks about doing is legalizing pot. That’s why I will never vote Libertarian. Legalize drugs, prostitution, and homosexual marriage. I don’t see Libertarians as anything other than fiscally conservative progressives.

  • Liberty Belle

    Really… I have to say, you are one stupid person, Isabella1709…. Libertarians believe in the Constitution, the way it was written… If that doesn’t make them a true American, i don’t know what would… You, on the other hand, are questionable.

    Judge Napolitano and Judge Gray would make a strong and viable 2016 Libertarian presidential team.

    Yours in Liberty!

  • Alex Jones

    I love Ron Paul but it bugs me to read that he garnered more votes than Johnson.

  • jim smith

    The Libertarian Party Florida is run by GOP religious kooks who endorsed Bondi. The real libertarians left in 2009 and the party registration has plummeted. They torpedoed a plan to get Johnson 200K votes by running a full slate of candidates. Sadly a lot of Libertarian state parties in the LP are like that. Just check the states where he did less than 1%. All GOP controlled…

  • How did that principled vote work out for you???

    Congratulations voter of Gary Johnson. Vote on principle. The rest of us have to suffer. We had a great candidate in Mitt Romney would have turned this economy around, worked to stop Obamacare, or at least issue state waivers if there wasn’t control of the Senate.

    Our founding fathers must be turning in their graves to see what has happened to this once great nation taken over by hardcore leftist Marxist hellbent on destroying it from within.

    NO candidate is perfect, but as my former governor, Gov. Romney was about as close as one gets. Congratulations — we now have four more years of Dictator Obama. I hope we can survive him. It’s in God’s hands. God doesn’t like being mocked either. I hope Obama and gang get what they deserve, sooner rather than later.