We got the clever idea for this post from our friends at A Libertarian Future who suggested that if Gary Johnson could win his home state of New Mexico he could be elected President. We wanted to take this a little further and really break down what could possibly happen in November. We think that the Governor could do more than just New Mexico. Check out our map below.
This scenario is extremely plausible. The 2016 election is turning out to be unique and unpredictable. The two presumptive nominee’s of the Democrats and Republicans are extremely polarizing and people across this country have already started to look for an alternative. Fortunately the Libertarian Party is the only ones on the ballot in all 50 states. There is a real possibility that the map could turn out this way, and if that happened the election would be thrown to the House of Representatives. We all remember from school that a candidate needs a majority of the Electoral College to win the Presidency and that would mean 270 votes. In our scenario neither Clinton nor Trump gets close to that number.
Gary Johnson is a Libertarian. The Libertarian message is extremely popular in the states that are yellow. The west has always had a Libertarian flare to its thinking. They are ranchers that protect their property, they hate government intrusion onto their property, and tend to be fed up with Washington and the East Coast. New Hampshire is thrown into this mix as well as an stand alone that has a hard bend for freedom and liberty. Plus with Colorado and Washington state legalizing Marijuana, the Governor has been a big proponent of Marijuana legalization and that will go over well with voters in these two states that feel they can make better decisions for their lives and not the government.
If the Governor can get his name out more than he already is at this point, make it into the Presidential debates, there is a chance that the map could shape out this way.
If that happens there is a strong possibility that he could be elected by the House of Representatives. Republican leadership is already down on the fact that Donald Trump has taken over their party and some have flirted with the idea of another alternative. If the election is tossed to the House there is room for compromise. With the Governor being a former Republican leader of a state he has the ability to please the Republicans in Congress that are not comfortable with Trump. The House is currently controlled by the Republicans, and looks to stay that way come November and this could be their chance to stick it to Trump and get their way by not having Hillary elected President either.
We are sure there are many that will disagree with this assessment, but as we said before this election has been unpredictable and maybe we will be right. We will find out in November.