Missouri Libertarian has strong showing in special election

LP blog:

Libertarian Patty Tweedle received 22% of the vote in yesterday’s special election for Missouri State Representative (District 62). Tweedle’s only opponent was a Republican.

Ballot Access News editor Richard Winger points out that Tweedle had almost as much support as the 2008 Democratic Party candidate for that office. In 2008, the Democrat received 27% of the vote.

The Libertarian Party congratulates Patty Tweedle on her strong showing.

11 thoughts on “Missouri Libertarian has strong showing in special election

  1. d.eris

    There was only 5.8% voter turnout in this race! If the Tweedle campaign had successfully garnered the support of just 1 in 20 registered voters she would have won. From a number of her statements over the course of the race, it didn’t seem like she was “in it to win it” so to speak, but rather sought at the most to “influence the conversation” or something along those lines.

  2. Paulie

    If the Tweedle campaign had successfully garnered the support of just 1 in 20 registered voters she would have won.

    That assumes the other candidate in the race would not have then mobilized supporters to come out to vote.

  3. d.eris

    True, but the Republican candidate Ayres’ campaign seemed to be treating the election as a mere formality following her selection by the local GOP politburo and the Democrat’s withdrawal. Tweedle would have had the element of surprise.

  4. Gary

    100% guarantee – If you do not try you will lose.

    The Libertarian Party should try something called campaigning. Stand at factory gates greeting workers, shopping centers, door knocking, mailings. You might even win an election if you try.

  5. paulie Post author

    Ayres’ campaign seemed to be treating the election as a mere formality following her selection by the local GOP politburo and the Democrat’s withdrawal.

    My point exactly. If the Libertarian started making waves, the Republicans could have quickly mobilized their voters without too much effort.

  6. Morgan Brykein

    This is typical of races between a candidate of one of the two major parties, and a third party candidate. The former will almost always win because most voters look at their ballot and wonder “What’s a Libertarian?”

  7. AroundtheblockAFT

    Unfortunately, the upside to spending a lot of time campaigning in these kinds of races will still be defeat at the hands of the dominant party.
    Not many candidates want to “waste” their time and treasure BUT that’s what it will take over a long period of time to acquaint the voters with libertarian positions.

  8. Starchild

    Gary @4 writes,

    “The Libertarian Party should try something called campaigning. Stand at factory gates greeting workers, shopping centers, door knocking, mailings. You might even win an election if you try.”

    I’m running for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors — if you happen to live in the area, I would welcome your help with my campaign. I’d be willing to go out with you and meet & greet the public, knock on doors, etc. It would be nice to have some volunteers with your enthusiasm to do this stuff, because it’s a bit of a downer doing it on your own.

    If you don’t live in the San Francisco area, I encourage you to contact the state or local Libertarian organization where you live, and find out what candidates may be running who could use your help.

  9. Don Lake .......... I think

    it was 1993, when, as a non libertarian, I made smart alec remarks on empty Lib chairs at candidate forums.

    More than one person informed me that the biggest [and only worth while] forum was the ballot on election day …………

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