Philadelphia. One state down, two to go. That’s how Gary Johnson is looking at his current ballot access fight against the Republican Party. This weekend, it was announced that Pennsylvania judges ruled in favor of the Libertarian Presidential candidate. That brings Johnson’s total to 48 states and DC. If the candidate is equally successful in Michigan and Oklahoma, he will be the only challenger to the establishment’s Obama and Romney appearing on ballots in all 50 states.
Victory in Pennsylvania
In an announcement sent out by the Johnson campaign’s Ryan Shattuck Friday evening, he quotes news articles detailing the Libertarians’ victory in the Keystone State. ‘Commonwealth Court judges sided with Johnson by a margin of 2-1 on Thursday,’ the statement read. It goes on to explain how establishment candidates like Democrats and Republicans must submit only 2,000 petition signatures to appear on the ballot.
At the same time, independent and opposition party candidates like Gary Johnson must submit 20,601 valid signatures. Showing just how much grassroots support there is in Pennsylvania for Johnson’s Presidential run, the campaign ended up submitting 49,000 ballot access signatures – two and a half times the number required and almost 25-times the number Republicans and Democrats each collected.
CONTINUED at The Examiner.