LA Times: The presidential race in Arizona was already tight. Then voters started noticing Gary Johnson

ImageFrom the Los Angeles Times on September 21:

“Under a scorching September sun, Lauren McCarthy and Anthony Fraijo were unflaggingly chipper as they buttonholed Arizona State University students with one question: ‘Are you happy with the two major parties?’

“The two recent college graduates were looking to coax voters over to a third option, the Libertarian presidential ticket of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld. And they were working doubly fertile territory of both Arizona, home to a particular strain of libertarian-tinged conservatism, and one of the nation’s largest campuses, full of millennials shown to be more open to outsider candidates than older generations.

“That Arizona, a reliably red state, is seen as a potential battleground at all underscores the unpredictable nature of this year’s presidential contest, into which Johnson’s insurgent campaign has injected even more ambiguity.

“Will he build on his party’s relatively strong standing here to siphon away would-be voters for Donald Trump, tipping the state to Hillary Clinton? Or will his appeal to younger voters peel off potential Democrats whom Clinton needs to pull off an upset?”

“’There’s a general politics of leave-me-alone libertarianism that’s popular out West,’ said Nicholas Sarwark, the chair of the national Libertarian Party, who lives in Phoenix.”

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