November 2nd came and went with exciting news from all over the country. The electorate rejected overt, big government, nanny-state policies. Nebraska Libertarians are not however, going to hold our breath in the hope that the GOP will magically adhere to minimum government, maximum freedom principles. They certainly didn’t do that under the Bush administration and have shown themselves to be just as susceptible to the “Washington bennies” as their Democratic cronies.
First of all I want to thank our over 800 candidates again for taking the time to run for office.
Now that we've all had a little time to catch our breaths after election day, we're working to compile and analyze the results of our efforts.
While it looks like our percentages improved a little overall, I can't report that we had any major breakthroughs that we always hope for. The few races we won that we're aware of so far were for small local races, like soil and water district boards.
These are preliminary results for Libertarians running for Governor, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House. Vote counts and percentages are not final, but percentages probably will not change much. This list does not include several Libertarians who had to run as write-in candidates (their votes have not been counted yet).
As Wes Benedict pointed out in a recent message, we had two U.S. Senate campaigns this year that were unusually successful, in terms of vote percentages. Rebecca Sink-Burris received 5.3% of the vote in Indiana, while yours truly got 4.7% in Arizona.
Thanks again to everyone who either ran for office as a Libertarian, or voted Libertarian. We'll be compiling results and working to try to provide statistics to compare 2010 results to past results. At first glance, our results seem about average for the Libertarian Party. In the meantime, we'll be posting various snippets of information on this blog entry.
Note that everything here is based on preliminary results. Numbers are likely to change as additional votes are counted.
(5:00pm ET) We'll be posting election-related items of interest to Libertarians as the evening goes on. Please check back frequently.
(7:15pm ET) First report: Indiana US House District 8, John Cunningham (L) has 5% (22% of precincts reporting). In 2008, Libertarians running for US House in Indiana averaged 3.3%. In 2006, the average was 4.1%.
(7:35pm ET) Indiana US House District 9, Greg Knott (L) has 5% (25% of precincts reporting.)
FOX-11 in Tucson ran this three-minute statement on Sunday; they offered every candidate for a major office the opportunity to do this, but surprisingly few took advantage of it! The media in Arizona give Libertarians better coverage than in most states, partly because we've earned it! While you're on their website, check out the statements by Barry Hess and Steve Stoltz too!
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