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Mar. 15 Libertarian primaries: Johnson wins NC with No Preference in 2nd; Uncommitted beats Petersen in MO

North Carolina (27% reporting):

Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson 42.81% ✓ 
No Preference 33.28%
John David Hale 5.95%
Barbara Joy Waymire 5.29%
Austin Petersen 3.59%
Darryl W. Perry 1.92%
Steven Elliott (Steve) Kerbel 1.79%
Cecil Ince 1.40%
Derrick Michael Reid 1.22%
Marc Allan Feldman 1.14%
Jack B. Robinson, Jr. 0.92%
Rhett Rosenquest Smith 0.70%

Missouri (22% reporting):

Uncommitted 41.608% ✓ 
Austin Petersen 28.842%
Steven Elliott (Steve) Kerbel 13.002%
Marc Allan Feldman 8.747%
Rhett Rosenquest Smith 4.255%
Cecil Ince 3.546%

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  1. Cody Quirk Cody Quirk March 17, 2016

    Thomas, you could do a better spin then that; Austin was on the ballot in his home state while Johnson and McAfee were not, and yet he LOST to NOTA.

    That’s really pathetic, and further demonstrates the state of AP’s appeal among L.P. voters.

  2. Darryl W. Perry Darryl W. Perry March 17, 2016

    My above comment “I am not aware of other states holding primaries or caucuses” should be clarified to:
    I am not aware of other states (aside from those that have already held a primary (NC & MO)/caucus (MN), those I mentioned (OR & NE), or California(mentioned by Andy)) holding Libertarian primaries or caucuses.

  3. Darryl W. Perry Darryl W. Perry March 17, 2016

    AZ LP has requested not to participate in the taxpayer funded Presidential Preference Primary.
    Nebraska will have a primary listing candidates selected by the SOS and anyone who turned in 300 valid signatures (100 from each Congressional District); Oregon will have an all-mail primary to determine who gets the Presidential ballot line.
    I am not aware of other states holding primaries or caucuses.

  4. Andy Craig Andy Craig Post author | March 17, 2016

  5. Andy Andy March 17, 2016

    “Krzysztof Lesiak
    March 17, 2016 at 00:14
    Will there be any Libertarian Party primary elections in other states?”

    California has a Libertarian Party presidential primary. I think that Arizona does as well.

  6. Krzysztof Lesiak Krzysztof Lesiak March 17, 2016

    Will there be any Libertarian Party primary elections in other states?

    Also, it would be interesting if someone compiled a list of past LP presidential primaries, like 2004, 2008, 2012. That might be a future project for American Third Party Report.

  7. Jill Pyeatt Jill Pyeatt March 16, 2016

    I taught my son that sometimes something happens in life that exposes the true character of a person. This is one of those times.

  8. Matt Hasty Matt Hasty March 16, 2016

    I was shocked, appalled and dismayed at Austin Petersen’s reaction to this IPR article being posted on the LP facebook page. He reacted like a child IMO, even going so far as to make ad homonym attacks at Andy Craig, the author.

    In the past, I had been an ardent warrior for neutrality regarding AP. I didn’t cheerlead *for* him, but I championed the neutral vs many of the AP-hater posts that I’ve seen on social media. But after witnessing his juvenile reaction to this headline, and this article, along with it’s being posted on the LP facebook page – I don’t think I can defend AP neutrality any more. He lost my respect.

    He even went so far as to call his friends “behind the curtain” at Facebook, and had the LP page’s “verified” checkmark revoked! I was one of the people had been pushing for the LP page to get “verified” for a couple years now – and about 6 months ago it finally happened THANKS TO Austin Petersen’s influence with the facebook puppetmasters. To have him demonstrate outright spitefulness in using his influence to have that status revoked – I definitely DO NOT WANT HIM AS MY PRESIDENT – heck, I don’t even want him as my candidate.

    If Austin Petersen *somehow* won the Libertarian POTUS candidacy at the Convention in May, I would have to very strongly consider not even voting LP for POTUS. That really hurts me to contemplate! But I’m just shocked at his rash spitefulness over this. Bitter grapes. Sore loser.

  9. Robert Capozzi Robert Capozzi March 16, 2016

    ac: NC had 5,743 votes cast. MO had 2,898 votes cast.

    me: these are way below 1% of the totals for the R and Ds combined. I continue to maintain this is meaningless data. ymmv.

  10. Mike Shipley Mike Shipley March 16, 2016

    This is the most amazing post on the entire internet right now. #feeltheporc

  11. Jed Ziggler Jed Ziggler March 16, 2016

    Even James Ogle was able to beat NOTA.

  12. Andy Andy March 16, 2016

    Austin Petersen is from Missouri. No Preference defeating Austin Petersen in an election in his home state where Gary Johnson, John McAfee, and Darryl Perry were not even included on the ballot, is a talking point that could be used against him to show what little support he has.

    Sure, not many people vote in Libertarian Party primaries, and sure, the result of that primary is not binding, but still, it does not make Petersen’s campaign look good.

  13. Andy Craig Andy Craig Post author | March 16, 2016

    I originally posted the partial-reporting results, for which percentage, not totals, is the correct figure to report. If you want to see the vote totals you can click through to the state elections sites linked to. NC had 5,743 votes cast. MO had 2,898 votes cast.

    On the one hand, that’s small by primary standards, on the other hand, a much larger sample size than you’d see at any state convention, or even the national convention for that matter. I’d be curious to see if turnout is up substantially vs. past LP primaries. Particularly in NC, where the state party promoted it.

  14. Robert Capozzi Robert Capozzi March 16, 2016

    agree with GP. totals mean more than percentages in this case, and probably that also means next to nothing.

  15. natural born citizen natural born citizen March 16, 2016

    Was McAfee not on the Carolina ballot because he is ineligible for the Presidency?

  16. Thomas L. Knapp Thomas L. Knapp March 16, 2016


    Actually, the Missouri LP primary results mean absolutely nothing. It’s not even a “beauty contest.” Missouri has an “open primary” and doesn’t have registration by voter. My guess is that maybe 100 of the thousand or so people who pull an LP primary ballot are actually in any way informed about the LP or its candidates. They pull that ballot because they’re pissy with the GOP/Dems at the moment or whatever.

    In 2012, James Ogle won the LP’s presidential primary in Missouri with 483 votes. Another Libertarian presidential candidate was also on the primary ballot — Gary Johnson got 536 votes on the Republican line. You may remember the epic Ogle/Johnson battle later that year at the LP national convention. Or not.

    In 2008, Wayne Allyn Root made a big deal of “winning” the Missouri Libertarian primary. In actuality, he came in a very distant second to uncommitted (47% for uncommitted, 18% for Root).

  17. George Phillies George Phillies March 16, 2016

    Actual vote counts would be more interesting.

  18. George Phillies George Phillies March 16, 2016

    Contesting primaries without a Democratic budget or free media is extremely challenging. The difficulty is getting word out to voters that your candidate exists.

  19. Mark M. Herd for U.S. Senate Mark M. Herd for U.S. Senate March 16, 2016

    Congrats to Steve Kerbel, Joy Waymire, Austin Petersen and Gary Johnson for their election results in NC and MO. Looks like Steve and Joy have some loyal fans out there and Cali will be the place to be April 1-3 at LAX HILTON. The LPCA CONVENTION will be streamed LIVE including the POTUS Debate April 1-3 @ and at
    Also, please take the poll and support 2 Libertarian candidates at TY.

  20. Cody Quirk Cody Quirk March 16, 2016

    The results of Missouri’s LP presidential primary are indeed quite damming to Austin Petersen; Johnson & McAfee were too late in their attempt to get on the ballot there, so Austin had a very good shot… And yet he lost by a sizable margin to NOTA.

    Those results certainly speaks volumes of Austin’s chances, and popularity, in the LP.

  21. Election Addict Election Addict March 16, 2016

    I wonder about the look on people’s faces once they went home and looked her up.

  22. Sheikh Yerbouti Sheikh Yerbouti March 16, 2016

    That moment when you lose to NOTA

    Now we know what his 50 state strategy is.

  23. Caryn Ann Harlos Caryn Ann Harlos March 15, 2016

    That moment when you lose to NOTA

  24. Richard Winger Richard Winger March 15, 2016

    Ballot Access News has the Missouri Libertarian presidential primary results.

  25. jwevans jwevans March 15, 2016

    Waymirementum. Clearly.

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