Former Libertarian Party Vice Presidential Nominees Lose Major Party Primaries

Ballot Access News reports on election results from two stories we covered in the previous months. Both Nancy Lord and Art Olivier, former vice presidential nominees of the Libertarian Party in 1992 and 2000 respectively, lost their bids to win primaries in major parties on June 8th. Lord in a Republican Primary, Olivier ran in a Democratic primary.

Lord was in a five-person race for the GOP nomination for Nye County Commissioner in Nevada. The vote totals were: Ron Kent 1,476; Nancy Lord 1,390; Charles Watkins 922; Michael Root 545; Bob Beckett 404–Beckett was the incumbent and scored the least votes.

Olivier, who is also the former Mayor of Bellflower, California, was seeking the Democratic nomination for Assembly District 50 in California. He placed last in a four-person race with 11.3%.

21 thoughts on “Former Libertarian Party Vice Presidential Nominees Lose Major Party Primaries

  1. Eric Dondero

    Good for Olivier. Glad to see he placed last. I used to have some respect for this guy. What an absolute idiot to run as a Democrat.

    Democrats are the Evil Party. They hate Libertarians. They are the exact opposite of Libertarians in every area.

    In short, they are the enemy. Anyone!!! like Olivier who goes over to that side is nothing short of a traitor to Liberty.

  2. Ted Brown

    @2
    In defense of Art Olivier, I don’t think he is really a Democrat, but he is practical. His State Assembly district is heavily Democratic, like over 60%. If he had won the nomination, he would have won the general election. A lot of California Libertarians may need to take this route due to Proposition 14.

  3. Northern Exposure

    Like dogs returning to their vomit. I’m glad they both LOST. Insanity is believing that deliverance and reform will be accomplished by thrugh those very parties which have plundered and destroyed our nation.

  4. LibertarianGirl

    ED_Democrats are the Evil Party. They hate Libertarians. They are the exact opposite of Libertarians in every area

    me_ correction: the D’s and R’s are the evil PARTIES. Dems are the opposite in areas like taxes , guns , property rights etc. GOpers are the opposite in areas like gay rights , ending the drug war , personal choice etc. they are both the opposite.

  5. Gary

    Eric always operates under the delusion that Republicans want freedom. But he ignores the FACT that Republicans support, defend and fund every Big Brother program ever enacted into law.

  6. David Colborne

    I’m actually reading the results a little differently. I think what this shows is that candidate weakness is inherent to the candidate, not to the party affiliation they belong to. If you don’t have the connections and organizational skills required to be a successful candidate, it’s not going to matter if you run as a Republican, Democrat or Libertarian – you’ll still lose. You’ll just lose a little sooner as an R or a D since the primaries will filter you out faster.

    Conversely, it’s entirely possible that a reasonably successful, connected, and organized candidate could run as a third-party candidate and achieve some success. Of course, it’d be more of an uphill climb for the candidate since they wouldn’t have a pre-assembled political machine with ample volunteers and funds to draw from.

  7. Robert Milnes

    Again the solution is PLAS. A good LP OR GP candidate on every ballot is the goal. Heavily democratic districts like Olivier’s would do better matched with a Green, but that should not be absolutely necessary. & Olivier could be better matched to a more local e.g. municipal ballot or more wide-state or national. PLAS should overcome Prop 14 by getting the candidate into Top 2. However the November matchup of a PLAS candidate v a dem or rep would be difficult & close.

  8. WakeUP!

    Republicans are actually more evil than the Democrats.

    Republicans support all the same evil socialist, big government taxes, wars and programs that the Democrats do …

    … plus, the Republicans pretend to support smaller government and liberty … their lies confuse millions of gullible but hopeful, uninformed individuals who want liberty but don’t understand that it’s the Republican party that stands in the way.

    If we kill the Republican party, we can defeat the Democrats.

  9. WakeUP!

    The first major step on the political road to liberty is to kill the Republican party.

  10. Real California Conservtaive

    One of the other Republican candidates in Lord’s race was named Michael Root. Is he related to Wayne Allyn Root? Probably, since they are both from Nevada. Did Wayne Allyn Root have his relative Michael Root get into the race to sabotage Nancy Lord for his neocon masters? Like Alan Keyes sabotaged Chuck Baldwin?

  11. Gene Berkman

    David @ #7 has this figured out. The only change I would make in his analysis is that a well-connected candidate with funds and organization might win running as an Independent.

    People are more willing to vote for an Independent than for a third party candidate, because they are afraid the third party might stand for something they don’t like.

    Until more people are aware of what The Libertarian Party stands for, and feel comfortable with it, it is unlikely that our candidates can overcome the fear of the unknown that keeps our vote totals down.

  12. Matt Cholko

    I tend to agree with Mr. WakeUP! Both of the major parties do the same stuff, but the Repubs act like they’re going to work for smaller government. They usually succeed in convincing a large percentage of the population with that lie.

  13. LibertarianGirl

    RCC_
    One of the other Republican candidates in Lord’s race was named Michael Root. Is he related to Wayne Allyn Root? Probably, since they are both from Nevada. Did Wayne Allyn Root have his relative Michael Root get into the race to sabotage Nancy Lord for his neocon masters? Like Alan Keyes sabotaged Chuck Baldwin?

    me_ stop doing Meth , your paranoia is outa control!LOL —NO , Michael Root is not related to Wayne , Root is a fairly common last name Sherlock.

  14. Janet L.

    That is a trip, Libertarian Girl is mixin me up with someone else. I think this site needs a watcher. Maybe Libertarian Girl might find her medical information on here. HAAA HAAA

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