Libertarian Party of Florida: Libertarians Gaining New Voters as Dems, GOP Remain Stagnant

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.”

10 thoughts on “Libertarian Party of Florida: Libertarians Gaining New Voters as Dems, GOP Remain Stagnant

  1. Richard Winger

    It’s very tough to get Florida registration data, except just before elections. I commend the Florida Libertarian Party for doing the hard work to get their number as of Dec. 31, 2014. I sort of wish they would have got it for all the qualified parties. It would be interesting to see what has happened to the registration totals of the other minor parties.

  2. Joe Wendt

    “Libertarian clout, in both Tallahassee and on Main Street, has grown dramatically in recent years.”

    Not true, there isn’t a single Libertarian elected in the State Legislature and few elected to local office in the entire state. There is no clout and no influence.

    “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.”

    Again not true. The medical marijuana was strongly supported and heavily funded by Liberal Democrats, and also supported by a minority of Republicans, so no indication for support for the LPF or it’s platform at all.

    I would also like to point out that Wyllie didn’t break any records for a third party candidate in Florida. I believe a American Party or AIP candidate got around 300000 votes for some statewide office.

    This is piece is just an ego-trip for some in the LPF.

  3. George Whitfield

    As a long-time registered Libertarian Party voter in Florida, I am very pleased that our numbers increased by almost 13% while the Democrat and Republican percentages stayed flat during the last quarter. Thank you to all the hard working Libertarian Party activists and candidates for helping make it happen. Also thank you to Joe Wendt for continually trying to maintain a positive outlook.

  4. paulie

    I am very pleased that our numbers increased by almost 13% while the Democrat and Republican percentages stayed flat during the last quarter.

    Agreed!

    Also thank you to Joe Wendt for continually trying to maintain a positive outlook.

    LOL

  5. Jill Pyeatt

    There are a few of us on IPR who sound like a broken record regarding our favorite topics–

    (Oh, no. Half the people here are probably too young to know what a “broken record” means!”)

  6. Jed Ziggler Post author

    “Oh, no. Half the people here are probably too young to know what a “broken record” means!”

    Please, all the hot DJs use vinyl.

  7. Jill Pyeatt

    “Please, all the hot DJs use vinyl.”

    I used to be cool, and I would have known that. 🙁

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