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Half Million Votes for Green Senate Candidates

Ronald Hardy at Green Party Watch

The eleven Green Party candidates on the ballot this year for US Senate netted a combined half million votes. The 510,000 votes is the highest combined total for Green Party Senate candidates since 2000, when Medea Benjamin won 326,000 votes for US Senate in California and Vance Hansen picked up over 100,000 in Arizona.

The 2010 results were clearly led by Tom Clements in South Carolina, whose 118,000 votes gave him 9.37% of the total. Clements had the most votes and the highest percent of the vote of all Green Party US Senate candidates in 2010.

LeAlan Jones was the second big finisher with 116,000 votes, 3.19% of the total. Interestingly, in 2008, Kathleen Cummings running for US Senate in Illinois finished with 115,621 votes for 2.56% of the total.

All (unofficial) results for 2010 Green Party US Senate candidates:

  • Tom Clements (SC) – 118,952 (9.37%)
  • LeAlan Jones (IL) – 116,685 (3.19%)
  • Bob Kinsey (CO) – 36,323 (2.17%)
  • Jim Brewer (HI) – 7,756 (2.10%)
  • Jesse Johnson (WV) – 10,048 (1.91%)
  • John Gray (AR) – 14,402 (1.87%)
  • Jerry Joslyn (AZ) – 20,235 (1.43%)
  • Duane Roberts (CA) – 93,178 (1.19%)
  • Kenniss Henry (MD) – 19,324 (1.13%)
  • Colia Clark (NY) – 39,536 (0.97%)
  • Cecile Lawrence (NY) – 33,768 (0.83%)

Total: 510,207 votes (1.86%)

These are preliminary election results, subject to change.

For a spreadsheet that lists historical election results for Green Party US Senate candidates, click here. Much appreciation is shown toward Green Party Executive Director Brent McMillan, whose election database is my primary source for historical election information for Green Party candidates.

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  1. paulie paulie November 7, 2010

    When it comes to reporting the news, the quicker the info is available and the more easy it is to present the better.

    The Greens got more readership for their results posted here because they were available quickly and in the format of multiple stories that were easy to copy over.

    The Libertarians missed much of the big spike we experienced in readership by using the format of a couple of blog entries that were updated numerous times, rather than multiple blog entries and press releases.

  2. paulie paulie November 6, 2010

    There’s been somewhat of a lack of this type of information from the LPHQ. I’m getting some info from Ballot Access News, such as that the LP got over a million votes for US House, but so far info on election results at has been limited to two blog entries that were updated numerous times:


    Presumably, a press release and/or monday message and perhaps some more blog entries are forthcoming.

    Meanwhile, has this:

    Between that and all the posts on Green Party Watch, there has been a better/greater availability of Green Party readily available information for me to post about election results.

  3. David F. Nolan David F. Nolan November 5, 2010

    Libertarian candidates for U.S. Senate received more than 750,000 votes.

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