Stephen Gordon, a campaign strategist for Bob Barr’s Libertarian presidential campaign, offers this map:
Gordon describes this as merely a hypothetical scenario: “What a three-party system might look like on Election Day.” On the other hand, it could be viewed as a preliminary sketch of Team Barr’s campaign strategy. Campaign manager Russ Verney has mentioned plans to target “certain states” and David Boaz of the Cato Institute said:
“The best opportunities would be New Hampshire, which is arguably the most libertarian state in the country and where, in 2006, the Republicans just got wiped out,” Boaz said.
From there, Barr should look west.
“Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Arizona,” Boaz said, adding Alaska and Colorado.
New Mexico could be a possibility, also, he said.
What’s significant is that Team Barr actually is thinking about an Electoral College strategy, something Ross Perot never seems to have considered. Meanwhile, in a Newsweek interview, Ron Paul says nice things about Barr:
What are your feelings toward [Libertarian nominee] Bob Barr?
We’re pretty friendly. We’re allies, he’s a good friend. He has called me a couple times recently, so it’s very cordial.
Even though he has been targeting your supporters?
I can’t blame him. I’m sure that’s his goal. [Laughs]
For third-party junkies, I’ve got a long discussion about the Paul/Barr axis at my personal blog.
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