Gary Johnson to bolt GOP for Libertarians. Will his candidacy matter?

With Republican voters barely noticing Gary Johnson’s run for presidency, the former New Mexico governor is now pinning his hopes on a bid for the Libertarian nomination.

He’s expected to announce the switch officially on Dec. 28, Politico first reported Tuesday night.

But it’s been a subject of speculation for weeks, especially since Mr. Johnson mentioned the possibility when he essentially gave up his efforts in New Hampshire in late November after biking 500 miles across the state and still garnering just 1 percent or less in the polls, according to

Johnson has expressed frustration at the system governing inclusion in televised debates, which requires minimum poll or fund-raising results. He’s only appeared in two of the GOP debates.



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