Austin Petersen wins West Virginia Libertarian Party straw poll

Austin Petersen, pictured in San Diego, California. (Image courtesy: Facebook).

Austin Petersen today won the Libertarian Party of West Virginia’s presidential straw poll at the party’s state convention in Flatwoods. The win is apparently his first statewide straw poll victory of the 2016 Libertarian nominating cycle. This past week has been a busy one for Petersen, whose campaign has attracted the interest of some Republicans unwilling to support presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, including a RedState blogger who mentioned Petersen’s name twice in a CNN interview. Petersen’s campaign added several thousand Facebook likes since Trump essentially clinched the GOP nomination on May 3rd and a video posted to his Facebook page addressing former Ted Cruz supporters has received over 161,000 views.

The results of the West Virginia straw poll (courtesy of Petersen’s Facebook page) are as follows:

Austin Petersen: 22 votes

Gary Johnson: 18 votes

John McAfee: 1 vote

Darryl W. Perry: 1 vote

NOTA: 1 vote

According to the Libertarian Party of West Virginia’s website, in addition to Petersen attending the convention, Gary Johnson was also a speaker at the event. Additionally, Libertarian Party executive director Wes Benedict, LP political director Carla Howell, and LNC regional representative James Lark were presenters. Two Republicans engaged the attendees as well: Republican Liberty Caucus of West Virginia chair Ashley Stinnett and Republican state delegate Pat McGeehan.

The LP West Virginia website lists the following candidates the party is running in the 2016 elections:

  • David Moran for Governor
  • Karl Kolenich for Attorney General
  • John Buckley for Secretary of State
  • Buddy Guthrie for Commissioner of Agriculture
  • Brent West for Treasurer
  • Brent Ricketts for Auditor
  • Zane Lawhorn for U.S. House, 3rd Dist.
  • Matt Persinger for State Senate, 13th Dist.
  • Travis Simms for House of Delegates, 32nd Dist.
  • Michael Ray for House of Delegates, 50th Dist.
  • Eddie Wagoner for House of Delegates, 51st Dist.
  • Tonya Persinger for House of Delegates, 55th Dist.
  • James Copley for Cabell County Sheriff
  • Amanda Shultz for Pleasants Co. Board of Ed.
  • Joel Davis for Paden City Mayor

 

 

 

 

14 thoughts on “Austin Petersen wins West Virginia Libertarian Party straw poll

  1. Rebel Alliance

    So … Petersen was the only one to show up, with this huge win by 4 votes?

  2. langa

    So … Petersen was the only one to show up, with this huge win by 4 votes?

    Are you illiterate?

    From the article:

    According to the Libertarian Party of West Virginia’s website, in addition to Petersen attending the convention, Gary Johnson was also a speaker at the event.

  3. Brian Clark

    Don’t pay attention to the haters. Lots of libertarians will freely overlook GJs policy of forcing bakers to make a cake against their religious viewsl and his weak record on 2A, but sticking up for innocent unborn lives (yes, scientifically speaking life begins at conception) is fatal for AP.

  4. Michelle Catlin

    Because Petersen is such a consistent libertarian with his support for eminent domain, defending the idea of nuking Iran, supporting government hired mercenaries to commit war crimes, and calling Ron Paul’s institute of “sounding like soviet sympathizers”

  5. Jill Pyeatt

    LOL–I read recently that West Virginia has the fewest percent of college graduates of any stat.

    Isn’t this the only straw poll Peterson has won, besides the debate where the only participants were Petersen and Shawna Sterling?

  6. Andy

    Some of the most successful people in the world either dropped out of college, or never went to college. Given what college has turned into in this country, I would not automatically put a lot of stock in having a college degree.

  7. Andy

    I wasted some time there, yes. I may have gone longer if not for a lack money and no support from family.

    Honestly, I think that much of the education system in this country is a waste of time. It is over-priced and inefficient. Look at the number of people who have racked up huge student debts and have little or nothing to show for it.

    I’d bet that society would be better off without the current education system. People could learn through home schooling, online study, books, private tutoring, and job training through guilds.

    Speaking for myself, I was already reading and doing basic math before I attended kindergarten, and i remember sitting in class bored.

  8. John Buckley

    I’m the Secretary of the LPWV and presided over the State Convention due to the last-minute sickness of our state chair, Michael Wilson. We had just over 110 people present at the state convention. The straw poll was nearly scrapped but conducted at short notice upon a decision made during the hour-long lunch break. 43 people voted in the straw poll. Nearly half the morning attendees did not return after lunch (in the morning we had already elected 5 delegates to the National Convention by acclamation; Austin Petersen and Gary Johnson spoke, one after the other, in the late morning). How the straw poll would have turned out had the poll been announced to the full morning audience is anyone’s guess. It was fun to do, but I was disappointed that so few of the attendees were around to participate.

  9. Jeff Cottonwood

    “We had just over 110 people present at the state convention.”

    That’s a great turnout for a state your size. Much larger population state LPs often don’t even get that many people, from what I’ve read here. Congratulations on putting on such a well attended event!

  10. Jeff Cottonwood

    By the way, I did go to college, and I agree with Andy’s larger assessment of the educational system.

  11. Stewart Flood

    Congratulations on such a great turnout! Glad to see other small states growing. The old “rising tide” and all the boats thing. 🙂

  12. Andy

    “John Buckley

    May 8, 2016 at 23:35

    I’m the Secretary of the LPWV and presided over the State Convention due to the last-minute sickness of our state chair, Michael Wilson. We had just over 110 people present at the state convention.”

    Wow, excellent turn out for a low population state. Well done.

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