Johnson's remarks came in the middle of a three-stop tour through central Virginia, starting at Lynchburg's Liberty University, where he drew light heckling for attacking “religious freedom” laws and took a video question from debate-questioner-turned-viral-star Ken Bone. (The question was about what moment from the Oct. 9 presidential debate Johnson had liked the best; the candidate said it was the question about what Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton liked about each other.) Both events drew out plenty of young voters who admitted that they had backed a Republican candidate in the primaries but bolted to Johnson after Trump won the nomination.
Still, Johnson has fallen steadily in public polling since his failure to make the debates — itself a function of poll numbers — and since making high-profile stumbles in TV interviews. While he is on track to win more votes than any Libertarian candidate in history, for some Libertarians, the finger-pointing has begun. Johnson's strategy of breaking out in Utah has been stymied by Evan McMullin's independent campaign, and apart from the libertarian Reason magazine, much of the coverage of his campaign is of the nitpick variety.