From the LPF website:
Fresh after earning record-breaking vote totals in the 2014 elections, the Libertarian Party of Florida has achieved another milestone in their quest to become a major political party.
The LPF announced today that the number of registered Libertarians in Florida grew by an impressive 12.68% in the last quarter of 2014. During that same period, the Republican Party grew by a mere 0.2%, while Democrat registration fell by 0.009%.
As the two parties in power remained statistically flat late last year, Libertarians like 2014 Gubernatorial candidate Adrian Wyllie say it is the Libertarian message that is winning, by providing the only alternative to what they call the two-party “duopoly.”
“It’s not surprising that the Republican and Democrat parties are stagnant, while the Libertarian Party is growing rapidly. We’re the only party offering common-sense government solutions that benefit everybody,” said Wyllie.
Once considered to be on the sidelines of Florida politics, Libertarian clout, in both Tallahassee and on Main Street, has grown dramatically in recent years. By promoting policies of substantially lower taxes, privacy rights, a free-market economy and civil liberties, they may have tapped into a popular shift among Florida voters.
Despite being outspent nearly 1000-to-1, Wyllie received over 223,000 votes for Governor in 2014, which was the largest vote total for a Libertarian candidate in Florida history. LPF candidates like Bill Wohlsifer for Attorney General and Lucas Overby for Congress also broke new ground for Libertarians in their respective races.
If the 58% of Floridians that voted in favor medical marijuana in the last election are any indication, Libertarians may find themselves on the winning side of more issues in 2016 and beyond. LPF Chairwoman Dana Moxley-Cummings believes this is only the beginning.
“Voters do not want any part of the entangled mess the two-party system has become, and they are making it known in every way possible. The Libertarian Party offers the only organized response to the establishment. I wouldn’t expect anything less than for this trend to continue,” said Moxley-Cummings.
They call it the 5% Initiative. Their goal is to register 5% of Florida voters as Libertarians, which would grant the LPF “major party” status under state law. If current voter registration trends continue, the Libertarian Party could be on equal footing with Republicans and Democrats in as few as six years.
“If you ask 100 people on the street, about one third of them will agree with the Libertarian platform right down the line,” said Wyllie. “There’s already tens of millions of Libertarians out there, but they just don’t know there’s a political party that believes what they do. We’re going to tell them.”