Preliminary polling data indicates Badnarik has the support to remove Bush from office

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Three different polls were recently conducted showing that Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik is draining Republican votes in key battleground states.

With the first round of major polling completed since Michael Badnarik won the Libertarian nomination to run for President, multiple results show him in a better starting position than previous Libertarian presidential campaigns (1).

Recent Zogby(2), Mason-Dixon(3) and Humphrey Institute (4) data indicate that Badnarik is consistently polling around one percent, as compared with Bush, Kerry, and Nader.

According to John Zogby, one percent may not sound like a lot, but with 16 to 20 states considered “battlegrounds” that are too close too call, this slim margin could determine the outcome of the contest.

A statement released by Larry Jacobs of the Humphrey Institute indicates, “Although Nader enjoys far more press coverage, the Libertarian is still draining Republican votes from the President – a potentially dangerous pattern if it were to continue or expand.”

Jacobs, who will be hosting a panel discussion (5) analyzing the third-party threat at the National Press Club on Wednesday, July 21, was recently quoted by CBS News (6) as saying, “The Libertarians will impact Republicans more than Nader will impact Democrats.”

“As Jacobs suggested, publicity should have a profound effect in the polls this year. We have a strong start in this process, such as consistently beating Nader with respect to internet traffic (7) for the last two months,” responded Badnarik spokesperson Stephen Gordon.

In a recent WorldNetDaily interview (8), Badnarik explained his three-part plan for getting this message out: "Television, television and television."

Former political opponent and Hollywood icon Aaron Russo (producer of "Trading Places" and "The Rose") is producing his commercials. They will be running on prime time, and "not at 2 a.m. on the Home Shopping Network," Badnarik said, highlighting a key difference in strategy from previous Libertarian campaigns.

Expanding Badnarik’s comment, Gordon added, “Also, this election cycle is somewhat unique with respect to Libertarian presidential politics. Having the only candidate calling for a complete withdrawal from Iraq - without replacing American troops for American troops wearing a UN patch - places us at a considerable advantage. Our first television commercial, which has just completed production, strongly addresses this issue.”

Representatives from the Libertarian Party and Gordon intend to be present at the panel discussion in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.

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