Libertarian presidential candidates debate

For Immediate Release Sunday, May 29, 2016

Press conference 12:15 P.M. ET Sunday

ORLANDO — Last night delegates to the Libertarian Party’s nominating convention selected six candidates to compete to be the party’s nominee for President of the United States, five of whom qualified for and participated in the evening’s highlyentertaining televised debate.

Candidates needed the votes of 30 delegates to be nominated; they needed 10% of the 740 votes cast to be included in the debate (74). Vote totals were:

Gov. Gary Johnson – 226 ( 30.5%)

Austin Petersen – 106 ( 14.3%)

Darryl Perry – 105 ( 14.2%)

John McAfee – 97 ( 13.1%)

Marc Allan Feldman – 89 ( 12.0%)

Kevin McCormick – 45 (6.1%)

All others – 72 (9.7%)

The top five candidates participated in the debate moderated by syndicated talk radio host Larry Elder, which aired live on C-SPAN.

This year’s Libertarian Nominating Convention shattered previous records for attendance and media coverage. At least twenty times as many press passes were issued than in either of the last two biennial conventions. 918 delegates and 79 alternates were credentialed as of 9:30 A.M. today, for a total of 997. Up to 940 delegates and alternates may vote on a given ballot.

At the last presidential nominating convention in 2012, 648 delegates were credentialed.440 were credentialed in 2014.

Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee, will comment and take questions at a press conference today at 12:15 P.M.