11-15-2016, 08:06 PM
Great point, Krug. Gary received more votes than any other LP POTUS candidate, ever. The idea that someone else would have done better seems like fantasy: no one in the LP ever received this many votes.
The fact is, Gary spread the word of libertarianism to a very wide audience: newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and social media. Though I'm not sure NBC or ABC ever mentioned his campaign, he got on CBS (60 Minutes and Colbert), and he was on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC multiple times. He did hundreds of interviews and several times trended on Google Trends. This exposure was very good for the party: the party gained members, going from 400,000 to 500,000 registered party members, in the space of just one year. And 4,200,000 votes is nothing to sneeze at, especially when the competition had a half a billion dollars each.