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by Eliot Nelson
05/29/2016 01:11 pm ET
ORLANDO, Fla. — Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson secured the Libertarian Party’s nomination for president Sunday, capping off the party’s weekend-long biennial convention.
The nomination came after an often raucous nominating convention, in which Johnson was unable to obtain the necessary 50-plus percent of convention delegates on the first round of balloting. After the first round, officials from the five major Libertarian campaigns jockeyed for delegates, though Johnson’s nomination was never really in doubt, having fallen only six delegates short in the first round, out of a total of 925 votes cast. He ultimately with just under 59 percent of delegates’ support.
There was still the outstanding question of his running mate, former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld; the Libertarian Party selects its president and vice president separately.
Johnson will now serve as the standard-bearer for the economically conservative, socially liberal party. Interest in alternative presidential candidacies has spiked recently, due in part to the historically low approval ratings of Republican presumptive nominee businessman Donald Trump and likely Democratic nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Several recent polls have found Johnson, who served as New Mexico’s Republican governor from 1995 to 2003 and was the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee in 2012, earning the support of around 10 percent of likely voters.