Most votes in history for US Libertarian Party
MORE than one million Americans voted for the Libertarian Party in the US election – double the number it polled in 2008.
Its presidential candidate Gary Johnson, above, gained 1,139,562 votes, making it the third most popular party in the US.
“Ours is a mission accomplished,” Johnson told FoxNews.com.
“We put a true small-government, individual-freedom option on the ballot in virtually every state and have assembled an organization that will carry that message forward.”
The tally was the best Libertarian effort since the party was founded in 1971.
The former Republican Governor of New Mexico wants to get rid of the Inland Revenue Service, legalize marijuana and allow the private sector to create competing currencies, according to a Time magazine article.
Speaking to the Weekly Standard, Johnson says he smoked marijuana for three years to relieve pain after a paragliding accident.
He favours ending the war on drugs, comparing it to alcohol prohibition in the 20s, and wants to start with legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana.
Prior to the election, Johsnon told web news site Politico quoted that he expected Obama would win, however he believed both Obama and Romney’s policies were too similar to make much of a difference.
“… they talk a big game: continued unsustainable spending,” he said.
Of his own election results, he expected his vote to be spread out across the nation, which is evident in a Google election results map, and was pleased with his effort.
Johnson became a millionaire by starting a door to door handyman business to pay for his college education.
With no previous political experience he was elected Governor of New Mexico in 1994.
His career as a governor lasted until 2003 and while in office he cut taxes 14 times and never raised them.
When he left office, New Mexico was one of only four states in the country with a balanced budget.
When asked if he would run again in the 2016 election he was reluctant to confirm.
“It’s too soon to be talking about 2016,” he said.