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Libertarian Gary Johnson gets the most backing of Harvard Republican Club members

Three-quarters of Harvard Republican Club members have declined to support Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

The biggest beneficiary of their non-support is Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson.

The Harvard Crimson reports that Johnson, the former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico, is drawing support from 36 percent of respondents to the club’s straw poll. That works out to almost half (47 percent) of those who aren’t backing Trump, who only drew 12 percent support in the straw poll.

Other non-Trump support is evenly split (26 percent each) between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and “other candidates,” including conservative independent Evan McMullin, a former CIA officer and House Republican Conference staffer.

The Crimson said the Harvard Republican Club is the oldest such group of college Republicans in the country, and its refusal to endorse Trump marks the first non-endorsement in its 128-year history.

Other Northeast Republican student groups are split: The University of Connecticut’s club refused to endorse Trump, calling him “mentally unstable,” while a faction left the Yale club after its Trump endorsement.

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