Libertarian presidential candidate looks past his long odds and focuses on the power and purity of casting a vote


Taking charge: 'You and I have control of the situation,' said Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party's presidential candidate. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

Dedicated followers: Far off the beaten path of national politics, Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party's presidential candidate, speaks at a rally in Shelby County. Johnson appeared Wednesday night, attracting a crowd of about 100 people. Johnson told them their vote matters, even if it's to support a small-party candidate like him. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

SHELBY COUNTY — The presidential candidate arrived in a minivan.

Though it was decorated with a “Live Free” slogan and the signatures of hundreds of supporters, the vehicle was a far cry from the motorcades, bullet-proof limos and police escorts the major-party presidential candidates use on the campaign trail.

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