Libertarian Party compiling 2010 election results

Posted by staff at Libertarian Party blog. The post there will be continually updated. I will try to post those updates here as well, but in the comment section below. -p

Thanks again to everyone who either ran for office as a Libertarian, or voted Libertarian. We’ll be compiling results and working to try to provide statistics to compare 2010 results to past results. At first glance, our results seem about average for the Libertarian Party. In the meantime, we’ll be posting various snippets of information on this blog entry.

Note that everything here is based on preliminary results. Numbers are likely to change as additional votes are counted.

Currently we have 15 Libertarians for U.S. House who received over 5% of the vote. (That only counts races where a Republican and a Democrat both appeared on the ballot.) That’s a big increase from past years. In 2008, three Libertarians for U.S. House got more than 5%. In 2006, one candidate; in 2004, two candidates.

15 candidates with over 5%:
Carlos Rodriguez (California Dist. 28, 8.04%)
Chard Reid (Indiana Dist. 5, 7.74%)
Edward Gonzalez (California Dist. 16, 7.64%)
Marc Johnston (Ohio Dist. 2, 6.84%)
Jeffery J. Blevins (Ohio Dist. 16, 6.63%)
Nicole Patti (Arizona Dist. 1, 6.44%)
Kevin Craig (Missouri Dist. 7, 6.22%)
Mark Lambert (California Dist. 42, 6.00%)
Mike Fellows (Montana at-large, 6.00%)
Brian Smith (Ohio Dist. 5, 5.69%)
Greg “No Bull” Knott (Indiana Dist. 9, 5.48%)
Herb Peters (California Dist. 36, 5.46%)
John Duncan (Indiana Dist. 4, 5.22%)
Bill Collins (Texas Dist. 16, 5.08%)
Ed Mishou (Texas Dist. 27, 5.04%)

In 2000, Libertarian Carla Howell ran for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts (against both Republican and Democrat) and got 11.55% of the vote. Since then, no Libertarian running for U.S. Senate (against both Republican and Democrat) has gotten more than 4%, until this year: Rebecca Sink-Burris got 5.33% in Indiana, and David Nolan got 4.68% in Arizona.

Currently, the vote total for all Libertarians for U.S. House is 988,405.

22 thoughts on “Libertarian Party compiling 2010 election results

  1. Alaska Constitution Party

    Low voter turnout (probably 45-50% once absentee ballots are counted) likely spares Alaska LP ballot status. New 3% test will be based upon total vote in Governor’s race. This will be less than 250,000. The new threshold will therefore be less than 7,500 registered voters. The AK LP currently has slightly more than 9,000 registered voters in AK.

  2. paulie Post author

    lp blog: These are the Libertarian candidates we’re aware of who got over 200,000 votes:
    J. Randell Stevens – Texas Court of Criminal Appeals – 682,753
    Dave Howard – Texas Court of Criminal Appeals – 659,914
    Pamela Brown – California Lt. Governor – 426,594
    Mary J. Ruwart – Texas Comptroller – 416,708
    Richard Bronstein – California Insurance Commissioner – 278,555
    Andrew Favor – California Controller – 214,474

  3. paulie Post author

    lp] We’ve gotten a few reports of candidates who won their elections (these were non-partisan elections):
    Kathy Woolsey for Charleston County (SC) Soil and Water Commission – 53%
    Jim Culberson for Sebastian Inlet Tax District (FL) – 62%
    Ron Skrutski for Lee County (FL) Soil and Water Conservation District – unopposed
    Tom Clark for Lee County (FL) Soil and Water Conservation District – unopposed
    Kim Hawk for Lee County (FL) Soil and Water Conservation District – unopposed

  4. Mark F.

    Wow, the Libertarians win a few non-partisan elections. Fail to win a single partisan race. No victories for County Dog Catcher? Damn! Anyway, what progress since 1972! The big parties must be shaking in their boots!

  5. George Whitfield

    I am intrigued by Pamela Brown’s result for Lt. Gov. in California. I think she got 6% which is much more than any other statewide Libertarian Party candidates there this year. Does anyone know why she did so well?

  6. Gene Berkman

    George W @ #5 – Yes, Pamela Brown got a record vote total for a Libertarian candidate for Lt Governor – 425,000 votes, about 5.8%

    In Riverside County, Ms Brown received 7% – almost 27,000 votes.

    She received many votes from conservatives who did not want to vote for the Republican candidate – Abel Maldonado. As a State Senator. Mr Maldonado provide the vote to pass the Democrat spending plan (budget is the wrong word) and was seen as a traitor by Republicans.

    Mr Maldonado was also the prime mover behind California’s top two election system, passed in order to get Sen. Maldonado’s vote for the Democrat spending plan. All third party voters have a reason to celebrate Maldonado’s defeat.

  7. pat williams

    Mark, you’re an ignoramus or GOP mole to repeat that discredited garbage/script. Comparing county boards to digcatchers? What are you?

    In Florida, where most offices are non-partisan, that’s exactly the LP strategy. And the extremists in GOP are upset: the LP there is in chaos after a takeover led by GOP moles working with moles on LNC. This group repeats your garbage and says vote GOP. They blocked Libertarian candidates led by that phony Snitker.

    Libertarians are getting people in office fast as they can train them, local offices first. Sadly, Florida may be one of the few states with more Libertarians in office this round. Most LP’s have gone adrift from listening to your garbage and letting moles in.

  8. Jill Pyeatt

    I personally know Dr. Pamela Brown. She’s smart, articulate, and quite funny. She’s a very popular economics teacher in a community college, plus she’s run before and has some name recognition.

    We had quite a few excellent candidates in California. I’m shocked that we didn’t have larger numbers.

    Carlos Rodriguez is an immigration attorney who ran for Congress as his first run for office. He got almost 8 %. It’s worth picking his brain as to why he did so well, also.

  9. paulie Post author

    Mr Maldonado was also the prime mover behind California’s top two election system, passed in order to get Sen. Maldonado’s vote for the Democrat spending plan. All third party voters have a reason to celebrate Maldonado’s defeat.

    Good riddance. Too bad he can’t take prop 14 with him.

  10. paulie Post author

    Under the 200,000+ vote category:

    LP blog] Bob Roddis – Michigan Supreme Court – 263,571 (non-partisan race) <--recently added

  11. Robert Capozzi

    Just did a quick review of Carlos Rodriguez’s website. From what I can see, he’s someone who should be encouraged and groomed.

    I find his immigration and FP views interesting and reasonable. I’m putting him in the lessarchist camp. I’m not surprised he topped this list.

  12. paulie Post author

    lp blog: In Wayne County, Indiana, Cheryl Heacox was elected to the Clay Township Board. (It was a partisan “vote for 3” election, and she was one of the three candidates elected.)

    In Alaska, Scott Kohlhaas received 30% of the vote running for State Representative, District 20. (There was no Republican in the race.)

  13. paulie Post author

    lp blog: In Maricopa County, Arizona, Rachel Kielsky received 34.95% running for Justice of the Peace, and Michael Kielsky received 25.47% running for County Attorney. (There was no Democrat in either race.)

  14. paulie Post author

    lp blog: In California, Gary Bryant received 9.04% running for State Assembly, District 3. (Note to LP News readers: Gary Bryant was featured on the back page of the most recent LP News.)

  15. paulie Post author

    lp blog: In Arizona, Scott Stewart was re-elected to the Pima Community College Board for a six-year term. (Non-partisan race.)

    In Iowa, Christopher Peters received 25.22% running for State Senator, District 15. (There was no Republican in the race.)

  16. paulie Post author

    lp blog:

    In Massachusetts, Jonathan Loya received 28.74% running for State Representative in Middlesex County. (There was no Republican in the race.)

  17. Robert Capozzi

    I suggest LPHQ lose this convention of x.xx%. It creates a sense of false precision. Round these stats to the nearest percentage point.

  18. paulie Post author

    lp blog: In Wicomico County, Maryland, Mike Calpino received 30.37% running for County Council. (There was no Democrat in the race.)

  19. paulie Post author

    lp blog: In Missouri, Sean O’Toole received 33.42% running for State Representative, District 40. (There was no Republican in the race.)

    In Montana, Dan Cox received 11.91% running for State Senator, District 44.

    In Pennsylvania, Tim Mullen received 14.91% running for State Representative, District 120.

    In Nevada, Sandra Darby got 41.25% running for Nye County Commissioner. (There was no Democrat in the race.)

    In Wisconsin, Wil Losch got 10.02% running for State Assembly, District 34.

    In Indiana, Ron Cenkush received 27.97% running for State Representative, District 5. (There was no Republican in the race.) Brad Hyatt received 31.57% running for State Representative, District 56 (no Republican in the race).

    Also in Indiana, Rex Bell received 20.79% running for State Representative, District 54 (against both a Republican and a Democrat).

    Also in Indiana, Bob Isgrigg received 37.87% running for Clark County Surveyor. (There was no Republican in the race.) Jon Bell received 31.02% running for Henry County Council. (No Democrat in the race.) In Wayne County, Matthew Hisrich got 28.37% running for County Commissioner (no Democrat), Mark Harris got 25.19% running for County Council (no Democrat), and Gayle Bond got 18.90% running for County Council (against both a Republican and a Democrat).

    In West Virginia, Tom Thacker received 10.66% running for State Senator, District 11.

    In Missouri, Steve Murphy received 31.76% running for Clark County Presiding Commissioner (against both a Republican and a Democrat).

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