Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson has put a big emphasis on Colorado, as he made clear in our recent Q&A with the former New Mexico governor as well as a video post of his Monday appearance at CU-Boulder.
The intro to the post on Johnson's Facebook page is simple and straight-forward. It reads: "A creative fan-created Gary Johnson poster sent to the campaign." But while the item has nearly 12,000 likes at this writing, many of the more 1,700 comments the pic has collected are negative. Here's one example....
More sexist Libertarian ads using sexy women to make people want to vote. We aren't your door prizes.
...and here's another.
I am shocked that there is an ad like that one on a Presidential candidate's fb page. Yes, she is pretty and is living free and women's rights blah blah blah -- but again -- I don't see how this is presidential. It is getting attention, so let's all hope it is for the good. But based on feedback I have read from others, it is not helping the cause.
In Colorado, Johnson has been seen as a potentially key factor in the presidential race due in part to his support of Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. The theory goes something like this: Voters drawn to the polls by Amendment 64 might vote for Johnson rather than Barack Obama, throwing the state to Mitt Romney. However, today's Denver Post suggests that such a scenario is unlikely, since Johnson is currently polling at around 2 or 3 percent -- not the 5 percent that he says could spell doom for the entrenched two-party system. And while figures suggest that in Colorado, he takes more votes from Obama than Romney, the gap isn't wide enough to make much of a difference unless, according to political analyst Eric Sondermann, the race is "Spandex-tight."
Could this phrase inspire a sequel to the poster above? There are still a few days of campaigning left....
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