Greg Kaza has made an early compilation of the minor party vote for U.S. House in this week’s election. He finds that the Libertarian Party nominees for U.S. House have polled, together, more than 1,000,000 votes. This is the fifth election in a row at which the Libertarian Party has received more than 1,000,000 votes for that office. The only other non-major party that has ever done that was the Progressive Party of 1912-1916.
Of course, as the nation’s population grows, the significance of that benchmark becomes less meaningful. A more meaningful measure is percentage of the vote for U.S. House going to any particular party. In 2010, the Libertarian share of the vote for U.S. House is in excess of 1% of the total vote for that office, a benchmark that no other minor party since World War II has achieved, except for the Progressive Party formed by Henry Wallace in 1948, which polled 1.9% of the U.S. House vote in 1948.