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The Libertarian Party nominated Chase Oliver as its presidential candidate at the Libertarian National Convention in Washington, D.C., on May 26, 2024.
The Libertarian Party nominated Chase Oliver as its presidential candidate at the Libertarian National Convention in Washington, D.C., on May 26, 2024. | Screengrab: C-SPAN
6. Chase Oliver

Chase Oliver, who unsuccessfully sought the U.S. Senate seat in Georgia in 2022 as a Libertarian, officially secured the Libertarian Party presidential nomination at the Libertarian National Convention in Washington, D.C., last month. He selected Mike ter Maat as his running mate. His platform outlines his belief that “there can be good faith positions on both sides of the abortion debate.”

“I am supportive of leaving these decisions out of the hands of the government and letting this decision rest with individuals in consultation with their doctors,” he said. “I am pro-choice and will support efforts to protect bodily autonomy while also advocating for the Hyde Amendment which prevents federal dollars from funding abortions.”

On the issue of education, Oliver expressed support for “abolishing the Department of Education and block granting these funds back to the states to be returned to taxpayers.” Additional components of his platform call for abolishing qualified immunity for law enforcement, mandatory minimum sentences and the death penalty, as well as decriminalizing cannabis and issuing pardons for non-violent drug offenders. 

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According to Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections, the Libertarian Party won 3.27% of the popular vote as part of Gary Johnson’s unsuccessful 2016 bid. In 2020, when Jo Jorgensen was the nominee, the party’s share of the vote dropped to 1.18%.

While polling of a presidential contest featuring Oliver as one of the candidates is limited one poll conducted by Data for Progress from March 27-28 surveying 1,200 likely voters for their thoughts on the presidential candidates measured Oliver’s support at just 1% in a six-way race featuring Trump, Biden, Kennedy, West and Stein. Trump leads with 42% in the hypothetical matchup, followed by Biden at 41% and Kennedy at 8% with all the other candidates receiving just 1% support. 

A more recent Data for Progress poll of 1,240 likely voters based on responses collected between May 1–2 found Oliver receiving 0% of the vote in a six-way race. In this survey, Trump leads with 41%, followed by Biden at 40%, Kennedy at 12% and West at 4%. Like Oliver, Stein fails to register any support in the poll. 

According to Ballotpedia, which describes itself as the encyclopedia of American Politics, the Libertarian Party has secured ballot access in 37 states with a combined 367 electoral votes. This means that the Libertarian Party is the only party besides Democrats and Republicans to have secured ballot access in states with a combined total of electoral votes that exceeds the 270 needed to win. 

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be reached at: ryan.foley@christianpost.com

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