Five Texas Libertarians get over 1 million votes

Five Texas Libertarian candidates have polled over 1 million votes in the November 2012 election.

Preliminary results:

Jaime O. Perez – Railroad Commissioner – 1,122,792
RS Roberto Koelsch – Supreme Court Place 2 – 1,280,886
Tom Oxford – Supreme Court Place 4 – 1,030,735
Mark W. Bennett – Court of Criminal Appeals Place 7 –  1,326,526
William Bryan Strange, III – Court of Criminal Appeals Place 8 – 1,313,746

William Strange is the first Libertarian candidate to receive over 1 million votes TWICE (he also did it in 2008).

An blog post lists seven Libertarians nationwide receiving over 1 million.

(Thanks to Arthur DiBianca for compiling this information.)

16 thoughts on “Five Texas Libertarians get over 1 million votes

  1. Brian Holtz

    It’s good for the LP when we run in races contested by only one of the two incumbent parties. LPTX is good at the full court press.

    Three of the candidates apparently had no campaign site.

    The Railroad Commission candidate’s blog’s front page doesn’t mention “libertarian”, and is devoted to doomsaying about “private transnational banking cartels — the modern day Temple Money Changers”.

    Bennett’s campaign blog was good; I hope it got a lot of traffic.

  2. Kleptocracy And You

    BRAVO. Great Job in TX !


    Holtz as an unbeliever I’m concerned you don’t understand how using money changers reaches out to over twenty million believers in Texas. The object of a campaign is to get the most Votes or send a message!

    The LP is America’s third-largest political party, founded in 1971. The Libertarian Party stands for free markets, civil liberties, and peace. You can find more information on the Libertarian Party at our website ( ).



  3. hf

    Jaime Perez won several counties in South Texas, including Webb County (Laredo) and Maverick County (Eagle Pass)

  4. wredlich

    @8 – Interesting point. Maybe the LP has a shot with the Latino community. Aren’t we the ones with the best attitude toward immigration, trade, and remittances?

  5. paulie

    So basically five Libertarian Candidates from one state got the same if not ore than Gary Johnson got in the entire country?

    It’s common for local candidates, especially in two-ways races, to get a higher percentage of the vote than presidential candidates. Texas is a big state. And Libertarians all over the country did better than usual – in large part thanks to Johnson, even though some of the people voting for them thanks to Johnson didn’t vote for Johnson themselves due to their fear/hatred of Obama or, in some cases, Romney.

    Maybe the LP has a shot with the Latino community.

    I’ve long thought so. Wes Benedict told me years ago that precinct stats bear me out. We need to not sell out on immigration, which many libertarians want to do to attract conservative Anglo votes (which won’t happen to nearly as much of an extent).

  6. Matt Cholko

    I’d go a step further- Libertarians MUST figure out how to appeal to Latino voters if we hope to ever have any electoral success. It is 2012, appealing to white people only is a great way to never win anything.

    With a fair amount of educating by us, I think that minorities should be especially attracted to libertarianism, as much of libertarian philosophy has to do with TRULY leveling the playing field. No more slanting the rules in favor of rich, white men.

  7. Andy

    “Maybe the LP has a shot with the Latino community.”

    I don’t believe that the Latino community is any more libertarian than the white community or the black community or etc…

    Sure, you’ll find some that are open to the libertarian message, but you will also find many who are not.

    A read an article recently about banning books in public libraries, and the article had different demographics broken down in their survey of who wants to ban books. When it was broken down to white, black, and Latino, it was Latinos who had the highest percentage of people in the survey of who wanted to ban books at 61%. That was higher than the percentage of blacks who wanted to ban books, and it was much higher than the percentage of whites who wanted to ban books. The survey also broke demographics into age groups, with older people being more likely to want to ban books than younger people. It also broken it down by religion, and religious people were far more likely to want to ban books than non-religious people.

    I favor spreading the libertarian message to any who are willing to listen, but I’m just saying that acting like appealing to one racial or ethnic group is some kind of silver bullet strategy that’s going to bring in hordes of new libertarians is delusional.

  8. Andy

    “A read an article recently about banning books in public libraries,”

    Should read, “I read…”

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