The most recent polling in the Old Dominion has the race leaning to Democrat Barack Obama by four to eight points. If the race tightens up this fall, a showing by the former New Mexico governor even in the 1 to 2 percent range could be a death-knell for the Republican Romney.
The Johnson campaign is touting this idea as it makes a public call on polling organizations to include Johnson in its state surveys in battleground states including Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Nevada and Colorado.
“Zogby, Rasmussen, Gallup, CNN/Opinion Research, New York Times, Washington Post, LATimes, ABC, and CBS all know that 3 percent or 6 percent or 9 percent of the vote for Libertarian presidential candidate Gov. Gary Johnson in these states could easily cost Romney 74 electoral votes – and the 2012 presidential election,” the Johnson campaign wrote in a press release that went out Monday.