Libertarian NY Governor candidate Larry Sharpe broke the 50K vote barrier in New York State handily. At this writing he has nearly 86,000 votes with 95% of precincts reporting so he could break 90K. He’s running about 1.6% of the vote, not far behind Howie Hawkins of the Green Party who is at 1.66% with 90,000 votes at this writing. Sharpe is just barely ahead of “Blank”, which is for voters who did not vote for any Governor candidate.
50,000 votes is the ballot access threshold in NY so this will make campaigns easier for Libertarians for the next four years. Sharpe’s total is well above any previous Libertarian candidate for Governor. This author fell just short of 50,000 in 2010. The 2014 candidate got about 17,000 votes.
Sharpe did well in Western NY, particularly high in both Schuyler and Steuben County with nearly 10% in each. He did poorly downstate where he is from. This seems to fit with his campaign strategy of going to every county. Those visits would have a larger impact in smaller counties.
If there’s a negative it’s that Sharpe did not get a lot of votes considering the amount of money spent. The campaign will have spent in the ballpark of $500,000, and this works out to more than $5 per vote. This author spent less than 50 cents a vote. But regardless, Sharpe crushed the 50K threshold and deserves tremendous credit for that.
There are many rumors that Sharpe will be on the Libertarian ticket in 2020. This result will not hurt his chances.