Monday, September 12, 2011

Gary Johnson Doubles Down on New Hampshire | Sunshine State News

Gary Johnson Doubles Down on New Hampshire | Sunshine State News - Kevin Derby - Sep. 8, 2011:

"Despite buzz that he would seek the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination, former Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico doubled down on his commitment this week to running for the Republican presidential nomination with a focus on New Hampshire, home of the first primary.

“'As I travel there, I see our message resonating more than anywhere else,' Johnson wrote in an e-mail sent to supporters on Tuesday. 'Candidates who were previously obscure nationally can go to prominence overnight as a result of a good showing, and for that reason it is the linchpin in our strategy,' Johnson continued.... Slowly, but surely, retail politics pays off. I can’t tell you how much I see my name recognition climbing there. The national press may not know it yet, but our momentum in the state is on a near-vertical ascent.'

"Ron Nielson, a strategist working for the Johnson campaign, argued in a memo that, with his low profile and limited fundraising base, the candidate needs to focus on retail politics in the Granite State.... Nielson noted that Johnson overcame poor polling when he ran for governor for the first time in 1994 and that retail politics proved decisive in propelling him to the Republican nomination and to winning the general election."

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