After last night’s election results from five state’s presidential preference primaries, it is starting to appear more and more likely that the Republicans will be putting up Donald Trump and the Democrats, Hillary Clinton, as their presidential nominees for the general election. The Republican and Democratic presidential nominees will be facing the only other political party candidate on all 50 state ballots — the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee. This morning, March 16, 2016, the Libertarian Party of Florida stated in a press release that it is offering “credible alternatives for those not interested in voting for Trump or Clinton in the November 2016 presidential election.”
On the Republican side, Donald Trump is the runaway leader with 621 delegates to his closest rival, Ted Cruz with 396. The nominee needs 1,237 delegates to cinch the Republican Party presidential nomination spot. So, though Cruz could still mathematically win, it has become a near impossibility. Republican Marco Rubio suspended his campaign last night after seeing the writing on the wall when he came in a distant second place to Trump in Rubio’s home state of Florida.
For the Democrats, Hillary Clinton is forming to be the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee after Bernie Sanders has given a valiant effort and has helped shape Clinton’s campaign rhetoric to the left. Clinton has 1,561 delegates to Sanders’ 800 and 2,382 delegates are needed to confirm being the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee.
The Libertarians have things much easier, in that the presidential nominee is not chosen through the same presidential preference primaries, and will be elected at the Libertarian Party’s national convention in May 2016. Char-Lez Braden, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Florida, said this morning, “We are proud to offer Floridians far better alternatives to the two old party candidates and welcome voters to see which candidates are most in line with their personal value system. Floridians, as well as Americans, are fed up with establishment politics and are seeking better alternatives to lead the nation.”
The top field of Libertarian presidential candidates are Dr. Marc Allan Feldman, Governor Gary Johnson, John McAfee, and Austin Petersen. The candidates will appear in the first nationally televised Libertarian Party Presidential Debate on April 1, 2016 via Fox Business Network at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. Dr. Feldman is a well-respected physician at the Cleveland Clinic owner of Openivo, Inc. Johnson is a two-term Governor of New Mexico and a self-made millionaire businessman and the Libertarian Party’s 2012 presidential nominee receiving 1.3 million votes. McAfee is well known as the developer of the first commercial anti-virus program which bears his name. Petersen used to work at Libertarian Party national headquarters and now runs the popular new magazine, The Libertarian Republic.