The former two-term Governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson, has won the Presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party on the first ballot. Facing three opponents in Lee Wrights, Carl Person, and Jim Burns, Johnson needed a majority vote on the first ballot in order to win.
Toni Nathan announced that Gary Johnson had won the Presidential nomination on the first ballot. Although not all of the votes are quite clear yet, Johnson won the nomination with over 70% of the vote on the first ballot. Governor Johnson thanked his son for taking two years off of work to help him campaign and then told a story about his daughter, who called and said that he’d gotten his ass handed to him in the C-SPAN-broadcast debate last night. He invited Lee Wrights up on stage to thank him for being a gentleman. They briefly embraced and Lee Wrights told the audience to help Johnson get elected.
Johnson told the convention that, “This is about winning”. He then did a brief stump for his Vice Presidential running-mate hopeful, Judge Jim Gray of California, “Please consider Jim Gray as my running mate. I believe that Jim Gray affords the best opportunity to winning. I want you to know that we interviewed a lot of candidates as potential vice presidential candidates.”
The convention has now suspended the rules and adjourned for a thirty minute lunch break.