Gary Johnson wins Libertarian nomination
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Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson won the Libertarian nomination for president at the party’s convention in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday.

 

 

 

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Johnson was a favorite entering the convention in Orlando, but voting was forced to a second round when he fell five votes short of the majority on the first ballot. 

On the second ballot, Johnson garnered 55.8 percent of the vote, according to ABC News.

Johnson, who was the 2012 Libertarian presidential candidate, received 49.5 percent of the vote on the first ballot, followed by consultant Austin Petersen, who had 21.3 percent of the vote.

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In three national polls, Johnson was in the double digits in a hypothetical match-up against Trump and Clinton, the likely nominees for the Republican and Democratic parties.

Delegates had not yet voted on Johnson’s running mate, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, on Sunday afternoon. Some Libertarians are unsure about Weld, who joined the party less than two weeks ago and endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the Republican primary before he ended his campaign earlier this month.