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Gilbert first Libertarian elected to partisan office in Arkansas

2012 was the first election year in which the LP had full ballot access in Arkansas. So when Libertarian Frank Gilbert won his race for Constable of Kalb Township on November 6, he became the first Libertarian in the state elected to a partisan office.

Gilbert is the former mayor of Tull, Arkansas.

Breitbart: GOP Reaps Its Abandonment of Limited Government

"The GOP is most successful when it embraces limited government and individual responsibility. It fails when it is merely a slightly more cost-efficient version of the Democrat party.

Washington Post: The GOP’s growing Libertarian problem

One man's "problem" is another man's liberty.

From the Washington Post: The GOP’s growing Libertarian problem


Daily Kos: Libertarians provided the margin for Democrats in at least nine elections

"...None of these involved the typical 1 or maybe 2 percent you ordinarily expect a Lib to garner: Looking at the three-way vote, all but one were over 3 percent, and three took 6 percent or more, with a high of 6.5 percent in the Montana Senate race. These definitely seem like unusually high figures.

"So what's going on here? ...a growing proportion of conservative-leaning voters too disgusted with the GOP to pull the Republican lever, but who won't vote for Democrats either, are choosing a third option and going Libertarian instead."

2 Libertarian Officials Re-elected in California

John Inks and Brian Holtz were reelected to office in California on Tuesday.

John Inks was reelected to the Mountain View, CA City Council with 18,807 votes and 18.9%. He finished first in a 6-way race, and will be serving another 4-year term.

Brian Holtz was reelected to the Purissima Hills, CA Water District for another 4-year term. He finished 1st in a 4-way race, garnering 1,688 votes for 32.3%.

There are currently 153 elected Libertarian in the U.S.

Top 2012 Libertarian Campaigns for US House of Representatives

Several Libertarian campaigns for U.S. House had a high impact this election.

Dan Fishman in the Massachusetts Sixth Congressional District won 16,668 votes, over four times more than the 3,650-vote margin of victory between Republican Richard Tisei (175,953 votes) and Democrat incumbent John Tierney (179,603 votes).

7 Libertarian Candidates Win Over One Million Votes

7 Libertarian candidates received one million votes or more in the 2012 General Election:

Gov. Gary Johnson for President - with Judge Jim Gray for VP: 1,191,420 votes

Mark W. Bennett (TX) Court of Criminal Appeals: 1,326,526 votes

William Bryan Strange (TX) Court of Criminal Appeals: 1,313,746 votes

RS Roberto Koelsch (TX) Texas Supreme Court: 1,280,886 votes

Jaime O. Perez (TX) Railroad Commissioner: 1,122,792 votes

David Staples (GA) Public Service Commission, District 5: 1,082,481 votes

Libertarian US Senate Results

Below are the General Election results for the 2012 Libertarian US Senate candidates. In light of the overwhelming volume of free media granted the Democrats and Republicans in these races, coupled with the media and others excluding Libertarian candidates from some or all of the debates, these are exceptionally good results:

Republicans Blame Libertarian Candidate Horning for U.S. Senate Defeat

Hate Mail from Republican Partisans Floods Libertarian Inbox

As this Washington Post article predicted, Libertarian Andrew Horning was the "Nader" of the 2012 U.S.


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