Author Archives: Trent Hill

Former Harlem Globetrotter Elected to AR Legislature As Green Party Member

In Arkansas, former Democratic state legislator Fred Smith has won election to the State House as a nominee of the Green Party. Smith is also a former Harlem Globetrotter. Fred Smith was elected in the 50th District House race because his only opponent on the ballot, Hudson Hallum, was forced to resign from the ballot after an indictment.… Read more ...

Angus King Wins in Maine, Two Independents in the U.S. Senate Now

Angus King has been polling ahead in the U.S. Senate race in Maine for months now. Tonight, he made the decision final when he was swept to victory in the race by a majority. King joined Bernie Sanders as Independents who will likely caucus with Democrats. Bernie Sanders of Vermont likewise cruised to victory, winning over 70% of the vote.… Read more ...

Gary Johnson Breaks Raw Vote Total Record for Libertarian Party

Google Elections says that Gary Johnson has over 950,000 votes nationwide so far. While votes are still rolling in, this represents a larger raw vote total than any previous Libertarian Party presidential candidate, ever. Right now his percentage is hovering around .9%, lower than Ed Clark’s 1980 1.1%.

 

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Justice Sonia Sotomayor is a Registered Independent

Justice Sonio Sotomayor, who is the newest member of the Supreme Court, was appointed by President Barack Obama, a Democrat. However, as Richard Winger has reported, Justice Sonia Sotomayor has been registered as a voter in D.C. as an independent.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is registered “independent.” She is registered to vote in the District of Columbia.

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Guam Returns Are In — Johnson Scores 1.12%

Guam votes ahead of the rest of the United States since it is on the early side of the International Dateline. The results have been counted and reported and Johnson scored 1.12%.

The final results: Obama 23,067 (72.39%); Romney 8,443 (26.49%); Johnson 357 (1.12%). Johnson gained over Bob Barr’s percentage from 2008, when his percentage was .66%.… Read more ...

Open Thread for Election Results

Feel free to leave any on-going results and commentary about such in this thread and please confine it to this thread. Our writers will be checking this thread for results to be posted, too, so this is the right place to leave news tips tonight (and maybe tomorrow).

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Gary Johnson Currently Winning 2.33% of the Vote

Only two small towns in New Hampshire have completed their voting thus far. The midnight-voting towns of Dixville Notch and Hart’s Location make up only a very tiny portion of the number of votes in their state, but they often receive some early media attention.

In Dixville Notch, Romney received 5 votes and Obama received 5 votes.… Read more ...

IPR Back Up

We’re very sorry about the down-time this weekend prior to the election. We’re currently in contact with our technical team to ensure that this does not occur again and hope to avoid any future outages. We know it can be frustrating for our readers, just as it is frustrating for us.… Read more ...

Democratic Group Buys Ads in Montana Supporting Libertarian Candidate

It is rare that a Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. Senate (or any other office) is able to spent $500,000 on television ads over the course of an election. Most U.S. Senate candidates for the Libertarian Party are working off of a budget that is just a fraction of that size.… Read more ...

Why Does South Carolina Have So Many Independent Candidates in 2012?

Richard Winger explains the entire story over at Ballot Access News of the thirty six state legislative candidates in South Carolina who are running as Independents. South Carolina has not had more than three such candidates in a single election in the last twenty years.

South Carolina has 36 independent candidates for the legislature on the ballot this year, far more than it has ever had before.

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Johnson Polls 5% in New Mexico

The Albuquerque Journal conducted a presidential poll in New Mexico just twelve days before the election. Former two-term Governor and Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson received 5% in this poll.

Since this poll has been conducted only twelve days before the election, it’s highly unlikely that this number is going to drop any more than it already has.… Read more ...

Geography of Third Party Support

Gregory Rosenthal has this great post, complete with maps, over at his blog which illustrates the geography of third party support as a whole. There are also maps for the Constitution Party, Libertarian Party, and Green Party. Mr. Rosenthal attempts to analyze the maps and predict which areas will deliver the strongest returns for each party.… Read more ...