Monday, August 22, 2016

Gary Johnson getting 15% in Colorado polls

Small but growing number of Colorado voters shift to Green, Libertarian parties – The Denver Post - Mark K. Matthews:

August 22, 2016 - "Lauren Brillante of Broomfield ...  is one part of a small but growing shift among Colorado voters toward the Green and Libertarian parties. Between August 2012 and August 2016, the number of registered Libertarian voters roughly doubled — from 18,233 to 35,731 — while the Green Party rose to 11,383 voters, an increase of about 2,600....

"As of Aug. 1, Republicans and Democrats together accounted for roughly 2.3 million voters in Colorado — split basically in half between them. Individually, however, each major party claims fewer Colorado voters than the number of residents who don’t register with any party. Activists with the Green and Libertarian parties say this pool of about 1.3 million unaffiliated voters is ripe for recruits....

"A poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University found that 16 percent of Colorado voters would back Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson for president and 7 percent would support Stein of the Green Party.

"Both these totals are higher than what was found in Iowa and Virginia — the other two states surveyed by Quinnipiac. A separate poll by NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist put Johnson at 15 percent and Stein at 6 percent in Colorado....

"Even now there is a smattering of third-party officials in the state. Beau Woodcock, the mayor of Milliken, is Libertarian, and Art Goodtimes of the Green Party serves as a commissioner in San Miguel County.

“'It really comes down to local empowerment, freedom and citizen engagement,' Woodcock said. 'Unfortunately, both the Republicans and Democrats have strayed from this in favor of big centralized government, which has proven to be ineffective in both preserving freedom and being able to address the needs of the citizens and communities.'

"Nearly 30 Coloradans are running as Libertarian this year, and a handful have taken up the Green banner as well. "Among them: Libertarian Lily Tang Williams and Green Arn Menconi — both of whom are trying to play spoiler in a Senate race....

"'People have been fed up for a while. This is just a breaking point,' said Williams, who also noted the unpopularity of Clinton and Trump. 'That’s why third-party candidates this year are shining.'"

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