candidate for president,
, is kicking off a nationwide college campus tour at West Chester University on Monday just as his party beat back Republican efforts to keep him off the November ballot.
fear that if the race tightens in Pennsylvania, Johnson's presence on the ticket could siphon votes from
. He's on most ballots nationwide causing some Republicans anxiety over whether he'll be a spoiler much like Green Party candidate Ralph Nader was to Democrat
in 2000. While he's to the left on social issues like gay marriage, libertarians, like
, are more likely to draw Republican voters because of their limited government view.
The former New Mexico governor said recently in an interview on a gay and lesbian XM radio show that he hopes to reach the voter "who comes under the broad brush stroke of being socially accepting and fiscally responsible.”
The state Commonwealth Court ruled 2-1 this week that the petition signatures gathered by the Libertarian Party in Pennsylvania were valid. Republicans had argued that addresses listed did not match the statewide voter registry and thus should disqualify the Libertarian candidates, reported the Associated Press.
The state Republican party is expected to appeal. If the Libertarians win it also means Rayburn Smith, a retired postal worker from
, will appear on the ballot as a candidate for the U.S. Senate. (We
about his candidacy last month.)
Johnson who polls in the low single digits nationwide - when pollsters even ask about him - hopes to find a following among young voters, which is why he's taking his message to college campuses.