Statement from LP South Carolina state senate candidate Alex Thornton on election loss


Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 @ 1:10PM

We didn’t win in numbers, but we had many victories and there are some things I want you to know.

First and foremost, don’t lose hope. We planted a seed in a district that has voted one way for over forty years. We know as libertarians that we are fighting an uphill battle, but it is one worth fighting. We learned a lot about how to campaign and know the areas in which we can improve for next time. We’ll be spending the next three years growing the base now that we’ve identified it. Before this election, there were two active libertarians in the area, after it started there were four, and now that our campaign is over, there is interest is participation from dozens. We were told that no libertarian campaign has ever received as much media attention in the area as ours did. Our campaign website had hundreds of unique hits the last couple of days and the Facebook page was seen in part or whole by tens of thousands (the Facebook statistics actually say 75,000 this week alone). Even though there weren’t many in our district that voted libertarian, I met tons of people in nearby districts who would have, and we are going to run candidates in those districts in the future. A personal positive from all of this is that my husband and I have effected change in the hearts and minds of many of our friends and family–even those far from the district–about the libertarian movement. If we keep doing all of the above (and we will!) liberty can start winning in a few years.

Anyone who offered us support in any way, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you. We received encouraging calls, emails, texts, and messages from all over the world and they were a terrific motivation to keep fighting for liberty.

Lastly, thank you to those that voted for me. If you can, send me your contact information and I will keep you updated on future elections in which a libertarian is running (no spam, of course).

6 thoughts on “Statement from LP South Carolina state senate candidate Alex Thornton on election loss

  1. Stewart Flood

    This was Alex’s first run for office. We have other members of the party who have run in state-wide races and may consider running for senate. With the new law in place, the filing fee is $10,440.00. Her race was the last race under the old law, so there was no filing fee for the party to hold nominations by convention.

    Under the new law, we are no longer permitted to nominate by convention — for at least this next election cycle. All candidates for office in 2014 will be required to pay a filing fee, which is based on a percentage of the salary of the position for the term of office.

    We are permitted to return to nominations by convention, but to do so we must ask the State Election Commission to hold a state-wide “primary” with voters having to approve our request to return to nomination by convention. My guess is that the cost would be several hundred thousand dollars.

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