Johnson, who announced in December he would run for
president as a Libertarian after mounting a long-shot candidacy for the
Republican nomination, won 70 percent of the votes cast by 632 delegates
at the party’s convention in Las Vegas, Libertarian Party spokesman
Stephen Gordon said.
Johnson, who became the
front-runner after winning straw polls at 12 previous state debates,
beat Air Force veteran R. Lee Wrights, after the field narrowed to two
candidates from six at the start of the convention on Thursday.