Supporters of Gary Johnson gathered in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Tuesday to celebrate the end of the 2016 presidential campaign and a record-breaking vote total for the Libertarian Party. The former New Mexico governor and his running mate, former Massachussetts governor William Weld, earned nearly 4 million votes as of Tuesday night, more than tripling the Libertarians’ 2012 vote total.
But Tuesday night also saw the election of Donald J. Trump to the highest office in the land, upending the collective political wisdom and nearly all pre-election forecasts. The Libertarian ticket drew more votes than the difference between Trump and Hillary Clinton, leading to an outpouring of criticism from Democrats who claimed that Johnson voters handed Trump the presidency. So what do Libertarian voters think of this charge?
Reason TV traveled to Albuquerque to get Johnson supporters’ take on this election and their role in it, and to find out what’s next for the Libertarian Party after an historic showing in the popular vote.
Produced by Zach Weissmueller, Justin Monticello, and Alex Manning.
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