California is still counting ballots, but one Libertarian candidate has already broken a record. Pam Brown, running for Lt. Governor has received more than 525,000 votes. Current totals as of November 13, 2010:
|Gavin Newsom (Dem)||4,530,039||
|Abel Maldonado (Rep)||3,548,727||
|Jim King (AI)||170,635||
|James “Jimi” Castillo (Grn)||144,603||
|Pamela J. Brown (Lib)||525,722||
|C.T. Weber (P&F)||104,722||
This is the highest vote total in California for a Libertarian candidate in a contest with both major parties running candidates.
In 1986, the Libertarian candidate for State Treasurer received more than 580,000 votes in a contest against the Democrat incumbent and two other alternative party candidates, but no Republican.
Pam Brown’s vote total reflects conservative disgust with Abel Maldonado, who as State Senator provided one of the votes to pass the Democrat spending plan. State Senator Maldonado traded his vote for Democrat agreement to put the Top Two proposition on the ballot. The defeat of Abel Maldonado is a victory for all alternative party voters in California, and a special victory for The Libertarian Party of California.