The Libertarian National Convention continues today through Monday in Orlando, Florida. Last night, the Libertarian presidential debate took place at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. The delegates chose the party’s presidential nominee, Gary Johnson, on Sunday morning. (Read more about his chances to win the general and how he’s doing in polls here.) The party is still choosing the vice presidential nominee, at the time of this update.
You can watch the convention choose the party’s president and vice president live in the embedded video above. Note that sometimes the livestream takes breaks and shows commercials and ads, but it does go back to the Convention for live coverage.
The president and vice president nominee elections are scheduled to take place on Sunday between 9:45 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Eastern. Exactly when the nominees are chosen depends on how many ballots are needed. It looks like the vice presidential decision is taking longer than expected. Johnson was chosen on the second ballot.
Here is the rest of the Libertarian National Convention schedule: Between 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Eastern, the LNC and Judicial Committee will be nominated and elected, according to the schedule. The presidential reception and banquet are scheduled for Sunday night. On Monday morning, resolutions and other business will be held and additional seminars will take place in the afternoon. You can see the entire schedule at this website.
The Libertarian Party is getting more attention this year, as many conservative voters are dissatisfied with the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump, and some liberal voters are unhappy with the possibility of Hillary Clinton’s getting the Democratic nomination.
Gary Johnson, former New Mexico governor, is presumed to have the best chance of walking away with the Libertarian nomination. However, he will be facing a tough debate and tough challenges from other candidates, including Austin Petersen, who has a strong online backing. Entrepreneur John McAfee is also making a bid for the nomination.
The winner will appear on ballots in all 50 states during the general election. In 2012, Johnson got .99 percent of the popular vote, but he did not win a single electoral vote. However, the party is hoping that with how controversial the election has been so far, more and more voters will be turning to the Libertarian party in 2016. A recent national poll showed that Johnson could get 10 percent support from registered voters so far, and that might grow.