Two Connecticut LP candidates, Dan Reale and Richard Lion, retained ballot access for a U.S. House seat and for a state House seat because of the votes they received in their respective races.
In Connecticut, a political party is recognized if it has at least 20 percent of the registered political party voters, or if the party’s gubernatorial candidate gets 20 percent.
If a party isn’t recognized, the party can appear on the ballot for any specific partisan race in the next election for that seat if a candidate receives 1 percent.
Dan Reale obtained 1.1 percent in his race for the U.S. House of Representatives 2nd district, and Richard Lion received 14 percent in the election for the state House of Representatives in the 9th district. Reale had also run for the 2nd congressional seat in 2012, and received 1.2 percent, thereby garnering ballot access for the office this year.
In addition, the LPCT will have ballot access in 2016 for the U.S. Senate seat, as Paul Passarelli received 1.7 percent in 2012. There was no race for U.S. Senate in the state this year.
2012 LP presidential candidate Gary Johnson received 0.8 percent of the vote in Connecticut, just missing the 1 percent ballot access threshold, and the party will have to petition to get the 2016 LP presidential candidate on the ballot in the state.