Well, you did. And in the case of the libertarians, you lost more than a month before the election. The Republicans threw your party out at and before the convention. Joining and attempting to usurp the control of the Republican Party was a massive tactical error, one from which the libertarian philosophy might not be able to recover.
Let me clarify that this is an opinion piece, and none of my statements can be cited as absolute fact, while few can be corroborated by citations. You, dear reader, may choose to agree with me or not, but please be aware that my statements here are intended to be illuminating and educational, a means of assisting the Libertarian Party into a future of relevance and possibly political power in this country.