Montana Libertarian Mark Wicks talks to Reason

It wasn’t ultimately surprising that a Republican candidate facing assault charges for allegedly bodyslamming a reporter the day before the election won his House race in Montana anyway. But Greg Gianforte’s 6 percent win over Democrat Rob Quist was far lower than most assessments of Montana’s relative preference for Republicans would indicate. And Gianforte’s winning margin was exactly matched by the unprecedented 6 percent total for a Montana House race for the Libertarian Party’s candidate, Mark Wicks.

Wicks, a rancher and mailman in Inverness, Montana, thinks the key to his unusually good results for the L.P., for a campaign that could not afford any print, TV, or radio ads and only a few signs, was that the L.P. helped pressure the hosts of a televised debate to include Wicks along with his major party competitors.

“When people saw how I handled myself, especially compared to the other two,” Wicks said in a phone interview the day after the election, it helped him nearly double the last L.P. House candidate’s 3.3 percent. (In Liberty County, next door to his home county, where Wicks says he likely personally known one-quarter of the voters, he pulled 16 percent.)Wicks, a rancher and mailman in Inverness, Montana, thinks the key to his unusually good results for the L.P., for a campaign that could not afford any print, TV, or radio ads and only a few signs, was that the L.P. helped pressure the hosts of a televised debate to include Wicks along with his major party competitors.

“When people saw how I handled myself, especially compared to the other two,” Wicks said in a phone interview the day after the election, it helped him nearly double the last L.P. House candidate’s 3.3 percent. (In Liberty County, next door to his home county, where Wicks says he likely personally known one-quarter of the voters, he pulled 16 percent.)

Full post from Reason Hit & Run @ http://reason.com/blog/2017/05/27/montana-libertarian-mark-wicks-who-got-6

4 thoughts on “Montana Libertarian Mark Wicks talks to Reason

  1. George Phillies

    Readers may note that Gianforte ran in the same statewide district two year ago, for Governor, and lost by five points. This time he won by six points, an 11 point swing in his favor. Comparisons with Tump 2016 show a swing in the other direction.

  2. Tony From Long Island

    About 70 % of the votes were cast before the WWE Chokeslam. Wicks would likely have done much better if Gianforte had snapped a week earlier.

    Also, Turnout was only 54% because the head of the Montana GOP did a last-minute flip-flop on whether to have the election done by mail only because Republicans generally win more when they find ways to have fewer and fewer people vote.

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