Libertarians name former Republican governor as presidential pick

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Gary Johnson, the former Republican governor of New Mexico, on Sunday won the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party, a sliver group hoping to make an outsized impact in this election year. Johnson came within a half-point of scoring an outright first-ballot victory at the party’s nominating convention in Orlando, Florida; a second ballot put him over the top, with 56 percent. As a Libertarian, Johnson advocates eliminating the income tax and abolishing the Internal Revenue Service. A self-made businessman who worked as New Mexico governor to lower taxes and reduce bureaucracy, he pushed for the legalization of marijuana. In 2012, he was the Libertarian candidate, garnering 1.2 million votes, the party’s best showing ever. In at least two recent national polls, Johnson scored 10 percent in hypothetical three-way contests against Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The Libertarians—whose central goal was pithily described by one delegate in Orlando as “minimum government, maximum freedom”—hope to tap into widespread discontent this year with the major-party choices.

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