For now, an overview of some significant results from the 2010 elections:
• Rhode Island has elected its first Independent governor, Lincoln Chafee!
• In Maine’s gubernatorial race, Independent candidate Eliot Cutler’s last minute surge was not enough to overcome the gap between himself and the Republican front-runner. Cutler lost by under two percentage points, garnering 36.7% to Paul LePage’s 38.2%.
• In New York, the Green Party’s candidate for governor, Howie Hawkins, received enough votes to ensure ballot access for the party for the next four years. On the Libertarian Party line, Warren Redlich appears to have come up about 5,000 votes short of the 50,000 vote threshold. [paulie: see IPR note at end of post]
• In Colorado, Tom Tancredo demonstrated that it is indeed possible to run a viable, high-profile candidacy for governor under the banner of a third party, in this case, the Constitution Party.
• Ballot Access News reports that the elections have resulted in some parties gaining qualified status, and others losing it, in states across the country.
Paulie] In IPR comments on previous posts, Richard Winger of Ballot Access News and LPNY chair Mark Axinn expressed cautious optimism that votes which remain to be counted may still put Redlich and the Libertarian Party over the 50,000 mark.