Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, Virgil Goode, Rocky Anderson, et. al: How Did They Do?
So how are the other candidates doing? Other candidates? No, not the senate or house folks, but the other presidential candidates.
Yes, there are actually people who aren't in the two main parties who have their own ideas about fixing this country, who had the courage to run for president. Number 3, behind Obama and Romney, was Gary Johnson, a Libertarian who had 348,000 votes by 9:47 p.m. Not bad for raising only $1 million bucks.
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Johnson backs abolishing the IRS, legalizing marijuana and creating alternate currencies. He's a triathlete who has climbed Mt. Everest, and he started his own multimillion dollar construction company.
More after the jump...
Jill Stein, a Green Party candidate who backs job creation through environmental initiatives, was running fourth with 98,000 votes.
Virgil Goode, great name by the way, the conservative party candidate and former Virginia congressman with basically three staffers, got 31,230 votes.
Roseanne Barr, the comedian who says 'the war on drugs is just plain crazy,' won 10,000 votes.
Randall Terry, an anti-abortion activist, got 8,700 votes.
Rocky Anderson, another great name, a former Salt Lake CIty mayor and a lawyer who skews liberal, got 7,800 votes.
Richard Duncan, an Ohio ex-postal worker who wants to avert nuclear attacks by terrorists, got 6,400 votes.
Tom Stevens, the "objectivist" party candidate and a historian, got 3,500 votes.
Stewart Alexander, the socialist party USA candidate, got 2,000 votes.
Pete Lindsay, an anti war activist, got 1,520 votes.
Merlin Miller, who says 'are you tired of the two-party system,' got 1,475 votes.
Tom Hoelfing, not such a great name, the America's party candidate who says 'I don't want your money,' got just over 1,000 votes.
And then we come to Jeff Boss, our favorite candidate who believes the National Security Agency paid people off to allow the 9/11 attacks to happen. He got 263 votes. Impressive!
Still waiting to hear whether my friend, Boston Steve, voted for my friend Texas Mike. That would be one vote for him, and we have to say, one vote for America.
Seriously, when we consider this election, we have to think about why things are so polarized between the dems and gop. maybe, just maybe the solution is more legit political parties. You have to give it to these folks for trying. Maybe there are others with better qualifications willing to give it a shot.
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