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Gary Earl Johnson was the nominee for the Libertarian Party in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election. He also got the Libertarian Party nomination in the 2016 election. Some of the policies he advocates include foreign non-interventionism, limited government, and privatization. He endorsed the Republican presidential candidacy of Congressman Ron Paul in the 2008 election.[1]

Gary Johnson served as Governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003. He was elected in 1994 as a Republican, benefiting from a split in the liberal vote, when former Lt. Governor Robert Mondragon ran as the Green Party candidate for Governor, receiving 10.5% of the vote.

As Governor, he cut spending, opposed new programs, and vetoed 750 bills, leading to the nickname "Governor Veto." In 2000, he was the only Republican Governor who declined to support George W Bush for President.

Near the end of his second term, he announced his opposition to the failed War on Drugs and his support for legalization of marijuana. He has campaigned in support of marijuana legalization in several states, most recently campaigning for California's Proposition 19 in 2010.

His views on marijuana legalization and his pro-choice position on abortion led to his exit from the Republican Party in 2012 when he joined the Libertarian Party and received the Libertarian nomination for President. He received 1,277,000 votes for President, coming in third in the 2012 election and setting a then-record for Libertarian votes for President. He also supports marriage equality.

2016 Race

Johnson announced his campaign for president for 2016 on December 31, 2015 [2]. He said that The GOP ‘Is Dictated By The Far-Right!'[3] He won the Libertarian Party nomination. Unfortunately, he is the reason why Trump won, due to him getting 4.5 million votes, taking away votes from Hillary in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.[4]

2018 Senate Race

Gary Johnson ran as the Libertarian candidate for Senate in New Mexico against Democrat Martin Heinrich and Republican Mike Rich. He got third place with just over 100,000 votes (about 15%), which in turn took away votes from Rich and helped Heinrich win the Senate seat[5].


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