Welcome to my live blog of Gary Johnson's 2012 Election Night party. Johnson, the likely third place finisher, is aiming to obtain 5% of the vote but after talking to some of his staffers earlier today it appears they are now aiming for just above the Libertarian high-water mark of 1.06% of the vote, set by Ed Clark in 1980.
5:58pm : The hall where Johnson and supporters will gather at the Hotel Albuquerque is sparely filled as festivities here do not commence for another hour.
6:00pm: Johnson has arrived in the hall and is preparing for several media interviews before throughout the night. Johnson has shed his typical peace sign t-shirt and blazer for a suit and tie.
6:14pm - As results have trickled in Johnson was as high as .6% but is now at .4% of the popular vote.
6:40pm - Johnson is gathering with the Libertarians for a dinner before polls close here.
7:01pm - Johnson just topped .7% of the popular vote.
7:30pm - Johnson struggling again around .5-.6%
9:00pm - Johnson now hovering up around .9%, just short of that elusive 1%
9:23pm - Johnson now making the rounds in the hall.
9:46pm - Judge Jim Gray now taking the podium
9:52pm - Gray implores those present to convince Johnson to run again in 2016, says Johnson is the most qualified person to be president that ran.
9:54pm - Johnson takes the podium
10:04pm - Johnson speaks for approximately 8 minutes hints t running again in 2016. Says that "Over the next four years none of us will be able to say we are responsible for this (Obama's 2nd term)"
10:05pm - Still following results as they come here. At this point the returns are trickling in and most of you have probably turned in.
10:08pm - Alright folks we're calling it a night from here. More numbers will be available in the morning.
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