Read our updated story: 161 Electoral Votes a Possibility for Gary Johnson
We have now run two stories on the electoral possibilities for Gary Johnson and the Libertarian Party. We are now prepared to update our electoral map and push the Libertarian former Governor up to 99 electoral votes in the 2016 General Election.
There has been new state data that came out today from the Ballotpedia/CNN survey’s that suggest the former Governor of New Mexico is playing quite well in states that we had not considered before. In the state of Iowa Gary Johnson is pulling in 16%. In Ohio the Governor is showing at 15%, and in Michigan at 14%. In Pennsylvania we threw that state into a toss up because Johnson is polling at 13%, but we do want to be a little realistic (sarcasm).
When we ran these stories in the past we got a lot of naysayers that suggested there is no possible way for a third party to win any electoral votes. Our answer to that charge is simple:
Nobody thought Donald Trump would get this far, so anything is possible in 2016!
Like we have said before, the western part of the country is conducive to Libertarian philosophy and Gary Johnson being a former western Governor has a real possibility to play there. We have sources inside the Governor’s campaign that have suggested these western states we have highlighted yellow are the top priority for the campaign. This is where they believe they can gather electoral votes and possibly throw this election to the House of Representatives.
The fact that Johnson is playing in Ohio, Iowa, Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the other big battlegrounds is a sign that something special is happening. Both parties are in the process of self-destructing right before our eyes with two of the most hated candidates in history, and the idea of a third party is not so fringe in 2016.