Monday, October 29, 2012

Pollsters: Pro-pot Libertarian Gary Johnson could hurt Obama in Colorado

Pollsters: Pro-pot Libertarian Gary Johnson could hurt Obama in Colorado - Colorado Daily - Brittany Arias::

October 28, 2012 - "Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson will make a campaign stop on the University of Colorado campus on Monday night, and pollsters say the third-party candidate with a pro-pot agenda could siphon votes away from President Barack Obama in his razor-close race against Mitt Romney in this battleground state.

"Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, will be on the Boulder campus at 7 p.m. in the Math 100 building for a town-hall style gathering. Proponents of Colorado ballot measure Amendment 64, which seeks to legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol, also will be at the event.

"Traditionally, libertarians such as Johnson tend to draw votes away from Republican candidates. But with marijuana legalization being a key issue for Johnson, there's the potential for voters already enthused about Amendment 64 to also cast votes in favor of the Libertarian presidential candidate -- including some from the left-leaning youth demographic, pollsters say....

"Floyd Ciruli, a Denver-based pollster and political analyst, said that less than half a percent of voters in Colorado are Libertarians. But Johnson could gain votes from other demographics, particularly college students or Republicans who supported Ron Paul.

Read more: http://www.coloradodaily.com/ci_21869950/pollsters-pro-pot-libertarian-gary-johnson-could-hurt?source=most_emailed#ixzz2Aj0pJ7kb
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