Story by Kimberly Wilder of www.onthewilderside.com . Last updated 11/4/09 at 1:36pm.
I just got off the phone with Marakay Rogers. This information is based on the math she did for her race yesterday. The vote totals for the Pennsylvania races can be found: here.*
In Pennsylvania, in order to gain “minor party status” for the next two years, a party must receive 2% of the vote related to the statewide candidate on the ballot that year with the highest vote totals.
In her race for Superior Court Judge, which is a statewide race, Marakay Rogers received about 13% of the vote of the highest vote getter. (Because this was an “off” election year, the other highest candidate was only about 930,000 votes.) That means that Marakay Rogers’ campaign success has secured the Libertarian Party in Pennsylvania its minor party status for the next two years (regardless of what may happen with the current ballot access lawsuit in that state, or with the 2010 races, when parties have another chance to meet the vote threshold.)
*The charts showing Rogers’ numbers reflect the number “2%” of the total in her race, though in a four-seat race, that figure translates to “8%”.