Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson won the Libertarian Party 2016 presidential nomination on Sunday, capturing 55.8 percent of the delegate vote on the second ballot in what could be a banner year for the nation’s largest third party.
Mr. Johnson, the 2012 Libertarian presidential candidate, easily cleared the majority threshold after missing being nominated on the first ballot by just five votes at the party convention in Orlando, Florida.
His nomination came despite his being booed at times during the convention by delegates who have accused him of being a “Libertarian-lite” candidate.
“I will work as hard as I can to represent everybody in this room,” Mr. Johnson said in a brief acceptance speech. “Look, for those that weren’t supportive, I just want to reiterate a couple of things: I tell the truth. I am not a liar. And I make plenty of mistakes, but what I say at this convention is what I say everywhere, wherever I go, and I believe it is a really Libertarian message.”