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LIBERTARIANS CONTINUE TO GAIN GROUND IN OHIO
Republicans won the 2010 mid-term elections based primarily on a huge resurgence of public interest in Libertarian platforms of smaller government involvement and common sense fiscal conservatism. While the tidal wave of Republican enthusiasm has swept the GOP back into power, they weren’t the only party to make significant gains on Tuesday, states the Libertarian Party of Ohio’s Political Director Michael Johnston.
According to a Smart Politics analysis of more than 17,000 general election U.S. House contests since 1932, there were more third party candidacies in the 2010 election cycle than in any midterm election since 1934. The Libertarian candidates in Ohio earned almost one million votes and doubled the percentage of votes earned for candidates from 2008. In a historic shift indicating the maturity of Libertarian ideas and candidates, The Plain Dealer, a major Cleveland newspaper, endorsed a third party for the first time lending their support to the Libertarian candidate for Treasurer, Matthew Cantrell. So while the GOP claims that Libertarians “steal” votes that they think they own, Libertarians brought new people into this election process while appealing to a broad range of the electorate with our common sense principles of fiscal responsibility and personal freedom.
What can we expect in the next cycle? With the GOP in complete control of Ohio, voters will want to keep an eye out for the kind of mismanagement that created such memorable scandals as Coingate and ethics violations under the Republican Taft administration, and the biggest bait-and-switch tax increase pushed by Republican administrations earlier this decade. With an anti-gun record, Ohioans should be just as wary of how Governor Kasich will treat hunters and gun owners as they were when President Obama was elected 2 years ago. Ohio’s unemployment woes began under Republican leadership, and the Libertarian Party wants to remind voters that politicians elected on the promise of creating jobs can only create government jobs that cost twice as much as private sector jobs and are supported by higher taxes that further depress the economy.
The Libertarian Party of Ohio is the third largest political party in Ohio, and the only one dedicated to the principles of smaller, limited government, lower taxes, and more personal liberty for the residents of the State of Ohio. The Libertarian Party of Ohio has the same vision as the Libertarian Party, which is “for a world in which all individuals can freely exercise the natural right of sole dominion over their own lives, liberty and property by building a political party that elects Libertarians to public office, and moving public policy in a libertarian direction.” To make a donation towards our grass-roots efforts or for more information, visit http://www.lpo.org