Can This Man Be The First Libertarian Elected To Federal Office?
Article from Reason by Matt Welch.
With only 11 days before the election, time is running for short for Gary Johnson to pull off an upset and become the first Libertarian to win federal office in the party’s 47-year history. In a three-way race that has featured a paucity of polling, a new October 17–25 Pacific Market Research survey of 400 likely voters was released this morning, showing Democratic incumbent Martin Heinrich with 40 percent, novice GOP candidate Mick Rich with 28 percent, and Johnson with 22.
The three candidates will square off in a second debate tonight at the Albuquerque TV station KRQE, which commissioned the poll.
“If it really was a Heinrich versus Johnson race, Heinrich might actually be in trouble,” University of New Mexico political science professor Gabe Sanchez tells KRQE. “I think it’s only the fact that you’re splitting the vote that we’re not talking about a more razor-thin margin of victory for him leading the election.”
The two previous nonpartisan polls had Heinrich more or less in the same place, but Johnson and Rich in sharply divergent positions—21 percent vs. 11 percent for the Libertarian in the first, 26 percent to 16 percent for the Republican in the second (which, unlike the others, did not include “undecided” as a category). Averaging the three polls out gets Heinrich at 42, Rich at 22, and Johnson at 20. Emerson College, whose survey produced those first optimistic numbers, is back in the field right now.
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