Several Single-State Parties Score High Vote Totals, Minnesota IP Loses Party Status

This report outlines some strong (and not-so-strong) performances turned in by political parties that are currently active in only one state:

In Hawaii, Hawaii Independent Party candidate Mufi Hannemann won more than 11% of the vote in his race for Governor.

In Massachusetts, United Independent Party candidate Evan Falchuk appears to have come in third in his race for Governor with more than 3% of the vote. Based on my reading of MA election law, the party is now ballot qualified.

In Minnesota, the Independence Party has lost major party status, as none of its statewide candidates won 5% of the vote. Secretary of State candidate Bob Helland came close with roughly 4.9%.

In New York, the Conservative, Independence, Stop Common Core, Women’s Equality, and Working Families parties all polled enough votes to remain ballot-qualified. Each of these parties cross-nominated either Democrat Andrew Cuomo or Republican Rob Astorino. The WFP has chapters in other states, but does not have a national party headquarters.

In Rhode Island, Moderate Party candidate Bob Healey (formerly of the Cool Moose Party) won 22% in his race for Governor, the best showing of any state-wide alternative party candidate in America.

In Vermont, the Progressive Party got eight state legislators elected, the most in the party’s history.

Finally in Virginia, Independent Green Party candidate Elaine B. Hildebrandt scored more than 11% in a three-way race.

10 thoughts on “Several Single-State Parties Score High Vote Totals, Minnesota IP Loses Party Status

  1. Jim Polichak from Long Island

    In New York the Green Party won over three times the required vote tally to obtain ballot status for the next four years running their own candidate ~ Howie Hawkins.

  2. paulie

    I wonder how many votes the Libertarians “lost” in NY because the party shared a line with the “Stop Common Core Party” in parts of the state?

    Very good question.

  3. Jim Polichak from Long Island

    I have no idea but as soon as I opened my absentee ballot I e-mail Mike McDermott to tell him how it was laid out.

  4. Richard Winger

    The article, when it discusses Rhode Island, should say that Bob Healey got the highest percentage for an alternative party nominee in a statewide race for races with both major parties in the race. There are some higher percentages for Libertarians in Georgia and South Dakota, and a Progressive in Vermont, in statewide races, but they just have one major party in the race.

  5. paulie

    We discussed that here before the election. I think it played a big role in suppressing his vote.

    Also, I noticed there was an organized Republican smear campaign against McDermott along the same lines as the operation they ran against Sarvis last year. Except that here it made even less sense since Astorino was never competitive with Cuomo at any point, whereas the Cuccinelli-McAuliffe contest, whatever impact Sarvis actually had on it in reality, at least was close enough for him to have potentially changed the outcome.

    While I never got any info to back it up, I suspect McDermott spent a lot less on advertising than Redlich did. Hawkins took most of the generic protest vote, and many votes that meant to vote LP/McDermott went to Astorino due to the insane ballot layout. The debate probably got a lot less viewership than the one last time due to the absence of the more showmanlike candidates.

  6. Anders Hakansson

    Progressive in Vermont has seven in the house. Amy Sheldon in Addison 1 is also elected.

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