McDermott for U.S. House in Alaska gets 10 percent of vote


Jim McDermott

Jim McDermott received 10.4 percent of the vote in his race for the U.S. House in Alaska in a four-way race, one of the highest results ever for a Libertarian federal candidate running against a Democrat and a Republican.

This was McDermott’s third time running for Alaska’s only U.S. House seat. He received 5.2 percent of the vote when he ran in 2012, and 7.6 percent when he ran in 2014, demonstrating that repeat runs for office can build name recognition and increase votes.

McDermott ran on a platform of opening up immigration by allowing more work visas, ending the “drug war” by regulating drugs in the same manner alcohol is regulated, and ending subsidies to foreign nations. He also aims to remove unnecessary federal laws and to stop taxpayer funding of crony capitalists.

Incumbent Republican Don Young won re-election with 49.7 percent of the vote. Democrat Steve Lindbeck received 37.2 percent.