Former Congressman and Libertarian Presidential nominee Bob Barr has surpassed the last two Libertarian tickets in terms of national vote total. With just about 72% of the national vote counted, the media is reporting that Barr has now polled just under 400,000 votes.
Here is where Barr places, so far, in the context of some of the more recent and successful Libertarian Presidential nominees…
Ed Clark (1980) – 920,000
Harry Browne (1996) – 485,000
Ron Paul (1988) – 431,000
Bob Barr (2008) – 400,000
Michael Badnarik (2004) – 397,000
Harry Browne (2000) – 384,000
Andre Marrou (1992) – 290,000
Odds are extremely high that Barr will surpass Ron Paul and Harry Browne’s 1996 totals. And 500,000 votes seems entirely possible, for only the second time in the Libertarian Party’s history. However, at this point in time, the dream of 1 million votes appears to be delayed until 2012.