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MAPPED: The Best Performing Libertarian Presidential Candidates by County

Our favorite Twitter mapmaker Nick (@Mill226) has been graciously allowing us to republish some of his maps here on IPR. If you find these kinds of visualizations interesting, you should definitely follow him on Twitter.

As a special commission for IPR, we’ve asked Nick to do a set of maps comparing the Libertarian Party’s showings in presidential elections from 1996 to 2020. This is the second set of maps in a planned series of posts where we’ll look at comparing the relative regional strength of different third party candidates over the years.


So, up first we have 1972-2020 map of top Libertarian candidate by county. As you might expect, Gary Johnson’s 2016 bid dominates most of this map. Notable that every nominee since Roger MacBride in 1976 topped at least a couple of random counties:


Removing the Johnson/Weld campaign, we see a more interesting split. Ed Clark put up some dominant numbers in California and other western states. Obviously, Johnson/Gray does well in New Mexico and the Mid-West, while Jo Jorgensen’s 2020 campaign colors a lot of the Great Plains and Appalachians.

See any surprises? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

And if you haven’t already, check out these Green Party maps…

MAPPED: Which Green Reigns Supreme?

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  1. Sammy H Sammy H February 8, 2022

    Old school libertarians were western militiamen cowboys, new school libertarians are internet vaccine conspiracy theorists

  2. George Whitfield George Whitfield February 8, 2022

    Thank you for posting such informative and detailed maps and to Nick for preparing them. I have voted for the Libertarian Party Presidential nominee starting with Ed Clark in 1980. (The exception was 1984 when David Bergland was not on my state’s ballot and where Presidential write-ins were not permitted. So I cast a blank ballot for President that year.)

  3. Austin Cassidy Austin Cassidy Post author | February 8, 2022

    Interestingly, it looks like the Loving County (Texas) showing for Michael Badnarik is the result of 3 votes (3.75%) for the Libertarian ticket.

  4. Ed Johnson Ed Johnson February 9, 2022

    The total population of Loving County is under 100. It was 67 in 2000, 82 in 2010, and 64 in 2020.

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