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Libertarian Votes Result in LP Having Ballot Access in 30 States

The 2012 elections were great for the Libertarian Party's ballot access because of gains in several states, especially in North Carolina where the value of retaining party status, i.e., the petitioning cost that it will save the LP, is greater than all other gains and losses combined.

Here is an overview of how the LP fared:

Barbara Howe Campaign Secures Critical Ballot Access in NC Saving LP Over $300k

The Libertarian campaign of Barbara Howe for Governor in North Carolina scored a major victory for the LP which will save party donors over $300,000 in future petitioning costs.

Richard Brubaker Retains Wyoming Ballot Access

Libertarian US House of Representatives candidate Richard Brubaker won 8,286 votes, or 3.4% of the vote last night, and retained ballot access for the Libertarian Party in Wyoming.

To retain ballot access, a candidate for the US House, Secretary of State, or Governor must get 2%.

Only the race for US House was on the ballot this election cycle.

1,233,168 Votes for Gov. Gary Johnson. Record-Setting Libertarian Party Presidential Vote

Gary Johnson Breaks Ed Clark’s 1980 Vote Record of 921,128 Votes for President of the United States

2012 Libertarian Presidential Ticket of Gov. Gary Johnson and Judge Jim Gray More Than DOUBLED the 2008 Vote Total of Bob Barr and Wayne Root.

Top 3 States for Gov. Gary Johnson and Judge Jim Gray

New Mexico - 3.5% of the Vote

Montana – 2.9% of the Vote

Alaska – 2.5% of the Vote

2 Key Factors that Held Down Gary Johnson’s Vote Total

In Montana Mike Fellows Wins Highest Vote % Ever for Libertarian in Statewide Partisan Race

Montana Libertarian Mike Fellows won 43.1% of the vote in his partisan race for Clerk of the Montana Supreme Court, the largest vote percentage that a Libertarian has ever polled in a statewide race in the party’s history.

Fellows’ only opponent was the Democratic incumbent, Ed Smith.

Portions of this report courtesy of Ballot Access News.

 

Arizona "Top Two" Initiative Goes DOWN!!

Arizona voters soundly rejected the state's Prop 121 initiative which would exclude all but the top two vote-getters in the primary of state elections from the general election. No votes outnumbered Yes votes by two to one.

Similar initiatives that passed in prior election years in Washington, Louisiana and California have been destructive to the LP in those states. In some cases, it has resulted in allowing only one party's candidates to be on the general election ballot.

Governor Gary Johnson Wins Highest Vote Total Ever for Libertarian for President

With 97% of precincts reporting, Gov. Gary Johnson for President won 1,140,804 votes for the Libertarian ticket, breaking the 32-year record held by Ed Clark, who won 921,128 votes (1.06%) in 1980.

Your Vote for Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson is a Vote You’ll Never Regret

Today, please Vote for the Libertarian Presidential Ticket of Gov. Gary Johnson and Judge Jim Gray. Then vote for every other Libertarian Party candidate on your ballot.

“Vote Libertarian: It’s a Vote You’ll Never Regret.”

Why?

Because you are voting FOR liberty.

Because you are voting FOR what you want.

Because you are voting FOR your values, your principles, and your love: liberty.

Because your vote is the ONLY thing that makes a difference on Election Day.

5 Ways Your Libertarian Vote Will Help Change the World

By Mark Grannis, Libertarian for Congress, Maryland 8th, and author of Less We Can

Sooner or later, every Libertarian candidate hears:  “I really like your ideas, and I’d vote for you in a heartbeat if I thought you could win.  But—no offense—I don’t think you can.  And I’m afraid that voting for you will be taking a vote away from Smith, who may need it to beat Jones.  Smith is bad, but Jones is worse.

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