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!
In his editorial "A Vote Against Dems, Not for the GOP," pollster Scott Rasmussen says:
Elected politicians also should leave their ideological baggage behind because voters don't want to be governed from the left, the right, or even the center. They want someone in Washington who understands that the American people want to govern themselves.
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