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Libertarian presidential campaign eyes Alaska, with visit planned by VP candidate

  • Author: Nathaniel Herz
  • Updated: October 25, 2016
  • Published October 25, 2016

Libertarian vice presidential hopeful Bill Weld will visit Alaska this week and may be followed by presidential candidate Gary Johnson before Election Day on Nov. 8, campaign staff said Tuesday.

Poll results that show support from up to 18 percent of Alaskans have buoyed Johnson's campaign here, which has relocated paid staff to the state, said Carlos Sierra, the national field director.

Gary Johnson, his running mate Bill Weld, right, and other staff before an interview with Sirius XM radio, at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Sept. 12. (Sam Hodgson / The New York Times)

"We're really going all out in Alaska," he said in a phone interview late Tuesday.

Weld, who served two terms as a Republican governor of Massachusetts, will hold a rally Thursday evening at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.

Other events are planned for Friday, including an appearance at the Lucky Wishbone diner, Sierra said.

The campaign is trying to get Johnson, the former Republican governor of New Mexico, to Alaska next week, Sierra said.

There's also a paid staffer, Devin Gatton, who's moved to Alaska to work for Johnson — though Sierra couldn't say whether the third-party campaign has actually opened an office.

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