NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE J ustin Amash, having left the Republican Party and suspended his House reelection campaign in late April to run for president as a Libertarian, dropped out of the presidential race Saturday. Amash faced challenges in getting the Libertarian nomination; a May 4 online convention of Michigan Libertarians had him behind Jacob Hornberger, founder of the Future of Freedom Foundation. His withdrawal is also a comment on the nature of modern third-party campaigns.
Amash’s statement on Twitter noted the particular partisan dynamics and pandemic realities of 2020:
This environment presents extraordinary challenges. Polarization is near an all-time high. Electoral success requires an audience willing