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Oregon LP leaders rejoice over defeat of state's Measure 90 "top two"

Vote NO on Oregon Measure 90

Oregon's Measure 90 ballot initiative, that would have elminated party primaries and effectively ended Libertarian participation in general elections, was trounced at the polls on November 4: 

Thanks, Libertarians! Election results coming...

Dear Friend of Liberty,

First of all, I want to thank our 791 candidates again for taking the time to run for office. I'd also like to thank our candidates' families and campaign volunteers who provided much needed support.

How did we do?

Libertarians play key role in highly contested races

Libertarian candidates may have decided the winner in at least six federal and governor races, despite record-shattering spending levels in support of the Democratic and Republican candidates.

Each race where a Libertarian threatens to affect the outcome of an election puts pressure on the old parties to move in a Libertarian direction by reducing government's size, scope, and authority.

2014 Election Night Updates

(11/6, 6:47 p.m. ET) Carolyn Clift, running for governor in Alaska, is at 3.0 percent. Mark Fish, running for U.S. senator, is at 3.7 percent.

(11/6, 5:57 p.m. ET) In Nebraska, Keith Ottersberg won a seat on the Wymore City Council with 162 votes (71 percent).

(11/6, 5:54 p.m. ET) Two victories in Minnesota: Both Libertarian candidates running for Crystal City Council, Olga Parsons and Elizabeth Dahl, beat their incumbent opponents and by significant margins.

Election returns to watch for tonight

If Libertarian candidates receive the votes described below, the LP will gain ballot access in that state, according to Ballot Access News:

Krawchuk running for Governor in PA as a write-in

Ken Krawchuk

Long-time Pennsylvania Libertarian candidate and activist Ken Krawchuk will be running for governor on Tuesday as a write-in. Henry Haller is the candidate for lieutenant governor.

Amanda Swafford in GA Senate debate Sunday morning, and more candidate debate coverage

Amanda Swafford

Amanda Swafford will be participating in a debate for the Georgia U.S. Senate candidates this morning at 11 a.m. Click here to watch.

More coverage on recent Libertarian candidate debates:

After narrow loss in 2012, SC Libertarian Jeremy Walters faces same opponent in 2-way

Libertarian Jeremy Walters for SC state house

Libertarian Jeremy Walters won 47 percent of the vote for state house in South Carolina's 26th district in 2012, coming within inches of being elected to the highest-level office that the Libertarian Party has achieved in its history.

LP Chair on Reason: Seven Reasons to Vote for the Libertarian Party

National LP Chair Nicholas Sarwark
Nicholas Sarwark
National LP Chair

Reason Magazine published a column by Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the national Libertarian Party online:

Polls that mention LP, or a Libertarian candidate, or "libertarian" self-id

Texas (multiple)
Rebecca Paddock 7% (U.S. Senate)
Kathie Glass 6% (Governor)
Robert D. Butler 9% (Lt. Governor)
Jamie Balagia 8% (Attorney General)
Ben Sanders 11% (Comptroller)
Justin Knight 10% (Land Commissioner)
David "Rocky" Palmquist 9% (Agriculture Commissioner)
Mark Miller 10% (Railroad Commissioner)
University of Texas/Texas Tribune


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