But a different story line is emerging, and it involves Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson. The former two-term New Mexico governor is polling higher than expected in key Mountain West states, and could play a role in November's election. From Politico:
In an interview with POLITICO reporters Tuesday, Johnson laid out the “libertarian-leaning states” where he expects to do best: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, and Wyoming.
Johnson's numbers are much better in New Mexico (13 percent), Colorado (7) and Arizona (9) than Montana, where he's hovering at or below 1 percent, according to Public Policy Polling. It'd be easy to write him off as a non-factor in Big Sky Country, until you notice some other numbers: like that Montana voters agree with Johnson more than any other candidate on key issues in the 2012 election.