Will the independent presidential run of Governor Gary Johnson have a significant impact on the Republican’s chances of winning the presidential election?
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Although Johnson is not as popular as Ross Perot was in 1992, he could still alter the election.  Most feel that Johnson is more in line with the Republican party than the Democrats.  This was also true of Perot. Perot is often sited as one of the primary reasons George Bush the elder lost the 1992 election to President Clinton.  The 2012 election is very close, particularly in swing states. Johnson could certainly have an effect.  Johnson also shares many libertarian beliefs with Dr. Ron Paul.  Dr. Paul has a much wider base of support than Johnson and should Paul decide to support Johnson or run as an independent himself this would have a much greater effect on the election.

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