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2012 Libertarian National Convention

2012 Libertarian National Convention
2012 Presidential Election
Johnson and Gray
Date(s) May 2–6, 2012
City Las Vegas, Nevada
Venue Red Rock Resort Spa and Casino
Chair Ruth Bennett (WA)
Keynote speaker Michael Cloud
Notable speakers Theodora "Tonie" Nathan
Edward Clark
Mary Ruwart
R. Lee Wrights
Presidential nominee Gary Johnson (NM)
Vice Presidential nominee James P. Gray (CA)
Total delegates 593
Votes needed for nomination 297

The 2012 United States Libertarian National Convention, in which delegates of the Libertarian Party (LP) chose the party's nominees for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States in the 2012 general election, was held May 2–6, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Red Rock Resort Spa and Casino.[1][2] Former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson won the presidential nomination on the first ballot.[3] Retired California state court judge Jim Gray won the vice-presidential nomination, also on the first ballot.[4] The convention also chose to replace most of the Libertarian National Committee party officers and members-at-large.


  • Host selection 1
  • Candidates debate 2
  • Schedule 3
  • Convention speakers 4
  • Presidential delegate count 5
  • Libertarian National Committee elections 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Host selection

This was the first presidential nominating convention ever held in the Las Vegas Valley.[1][2][5] Other cities that bid to host the convention included Dallas, Texas and San Francisco, California.[5]

Candidates debate

In February 2012, Gary Johnson, Lee Wrights, Bill Still, Carl Person, and Leroy Saunders participated in a debate held by the Libertarian Party of Florida and moderated by LPUSA Chair Mark Hinkle. The debate participants were selected by convention delegates in a secret ballot, in which a candidate needed to score 10 percent of the vote or higher to be allowed to take part. Libertarian candidates in the debate called for ending government interference in personal, family and business decisions; much lower government spending; deregulation; lower taxes; a currency free of government manipulation; free trade; and a peaceful, non-interventionist foreign policy.[6]


The convention covered five days over May 2-6. The business of deciding the national platform and candidates formally began on May 3, and a second candidate debate was held on May 4. On May 5, the party nominated Gary Johnson as its presidential candidate and Jim Gray as vice presidential candidate. On May 6, elections for the Libertarian National Committee concluded.[7]

Candidates for the presidential nomination were required to gather "tokens" from delegates. 53 tokens were required to participate in debates, while 30 were needed to be listed on the ballot.[8]

Convention speakers

Those who attended include:[9]

Presidential delegate count

Libertarian National Convention Presidential vote, 2012[10]
Candidate first ballot Percentage
Gary Johnson 419 70.42%
R. Lee Wrights 152 25.55%
Jim Burns 12 2.02%
Carl Person 3 0.50%
NOTA 3 0.50%
Sam Sloan (Write-in) 2 0.34%
Max Abramson (Write-in) 2 0.34%
Ron Paul (Write-in) 1 0.17%
Wayne Allyn Root (Write-in) 1 0.17%
Totals 595 100%
Libertarian National Convention Vice-presidential vote, 2012[10]
Candidate first ballot Percentage
Jim Gray 357 59.50%
R. Lee Wrights 229 38.17%
NOTA 7 1.17%
Jim Burns 6 1.00%
Sam Sloan (Write-in) 1 0.17%
Totals 600 100%

Libertarian National Committee elections

The 2012 Libertarian National Convention saw a two day election of officers and members-at-large of the Libertarian National Committee officers leading to the defeat of most of the incumbents who were seen as being part of a "top-down faction".[11][12] The voting for chair saw the first instance where "None of the Above", which was listed as a choice on the party ballot, received more votes than any of the candidates for chair. After a new list of individuals was nominated, Geoff Neale was elected chair. R. Lee Wrights was elected Vice Chair, Ruth Bennett Secretary, and Tim Hagan Treasurer. Elected as national committee members-at-large were Bill Redpath, Michael Cloud, Arvin Vohra, and Wayne Allyn Root.[13]

See also


  1. ^ a b Myers, Laura (November 30, 2010) "Las Vegas will host Libertarian convention", Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved November 30, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Malcolm, Andrew (November 30, 2010) "Las Vegas gets its first national political convention", Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 30, 2010.
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  5. ^ a b Winger, Richard (November 21, 2010) "Libertarian Presidential Convention Will be May 4-6, 2012, in Las Vegas", Ballot Access News. Retrieved December 1, 2010.
  6. ^ Libertarian National Convention Chooses Presidential Debaters. 4 May 2012. Libertarian Party of Georgia. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
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  11. ^ Garrett Quinn,Gary Johnson: The LNC Chair Race is Exciting! Interesting!, Reason magazine, May 6, 2012
  12. ^ Garret Quinn, Starchild Is Here, Reason magazine, May 6, 2012.
  13. ^ Winger, Richard (May 6, 2012) "Libertarian Party Takes Two Days to Choose Party Officers", Ballot Access News.

External links

  • Libertarian National 2012 Convention, official site
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