I will make some speculative conclusions and point out some thoughts for the Oklahoma Libertarian Party (OKLP) to consider.
Perhaps Murphy should have formally withdrawn? Perhaps he may still have that legal option, in Oklahoma campaign law?
This begs the question of the wisdom of letting nonmembers have this franchise while the party membership is this small. Perhaps the OKLP should pragmatically look at whether this can happen again.
Was it an organized prank that some Rock station DJ organized, similar to Stephen Cobert's candidacy in the 2012 South Carolina GOP presidential primary? The fact is, while Murphy is solidly Libertarian and well studied in the values & ideals; He didn't want this put upon him. This could be a bizarre fluke from having 2000 clueless voters given too much power.
But the problem needs to not repeat itself. This is the one chance to get the 2.5% in November (so as to retain official party status), and it may become a lot harder, now that this occurred.
Robert Murphy will now need far more campaign help than Dax would have. I know some conservatives who would have tried to arrange a campaign debate which would have included Ewbank. But Murphy will be a far harder 'sell' to make. And whereas Dax would have bolstered the Johnson campaign, I do not believe Murphy will be taken as seriously by media outlets or voters.
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