Gubernatorial Recap…

Here’s another handful of notable results from this year’s midterm elections, focusing on the gubernatorial races…

> Minnesota Independence Party nominee Peter Hutchinson received 6.5% of the vote in a race in which the Republican defeated the Democrat by a margin of less than 1%.

> In Texas, Kinky Friedman finished fourth statewide with about 12% of the vote. Carole Strayhorn finished third with 18% and managed to win about a half-dozen counties. Friedman finished 2nd in a handful of counties.

> In Alaska, former state representative and independent candidate Andrew Halcro received a very respectable 9.6% of the vote.

> In Georgia, Libertarian Garrett Hayes captured 3.9% of the vote, but failed to force a run-off in that race.

> In Maine, former state representative and independent candidate Barbara Merrill scored a 21% showing for third place. Green Party candidate and 2004 VP nominee Pat LaMarche received 10%.

> Speaking of former VP nominees, in California Peter Camejo received 2.3% of the vote as the Green Party candidate. Art Olivier pulled in 1.3% on the Libertarian line. Janice Jordan received 0.8% as the Peace and Freedom candidate.

> In Illinois, Green Party nominee Rich Whitney received an impressive 10.5% of the vote statewide. In a few counties Whitney pulled in as much as 25%.

> In New York, John Clifton and Donald Silberger polled 15,068 votes for Governor and Lt. Governor as the Libertarian replacement nominees. Malachy McCourt led the Green ticket to a 1% showing with 40,729 votes.

> Constitution Party candidate Mary Starrett polled 3.7% of the vote in Oregon, more than the Libertarian and Green candidates combined.

> Constitution candidate Christopher Hansen received 3.4% of the vote in Nevada, well ahead of Green candidate Craig Bergland’s 1.2%, but slightly behind the 3.5% who voted for None of the Above.

> Libertarian Carl Kramer received 1% of the vote in Kansas, ahead of Reform Party candidate Richard Ranzau’s showing of 0.6%.

> In Idaho, Constitution candidate Marvin ‘Pro-Life’ Richardson and Libertarian Ted Dunlap each received 1.6% of the vote.

> Libertarian Bill Peirce received 1.8% in Ohio over Green Robert Fitrakis and his 1%.

> Libertarian Barry Hess pulled in 2% in Arizona.

> Green candidate Nelson Eisman received 2% in Wisconsin.

These are not all of the results, just the ones I personally considered interesting and worth giving a mention here.

Any thoughts on how these races turned out?

32 Responses to “Gubernatorial Recap…”

  1. Kyle B Says:

    Hayes didn’t quite live up the poll numbers that showed him getting around 7%-9% of the vote. but still a good showing considering he didn’t raise much money for the race.

  2. Richard Winger Says:

    Loretta Nall (Alabama Libertarian write-in candidate for Governor) has been told that the Secretary of State will tally her write-ins next week. This will be a first in Alabama, where write-ins are legal but the Secretary of State has never tallied write-in totals for any particular candidate and put them in the official returns.

  3. Seth Says:

    My biggest thought is that enough of the folks who voted Libertarian would move themselves to New Hampshire, they might finally get to elect someone good for once.

    We elected a libertarian FSP early mover who ran as a Democrat, running a great professional race with signs and more, all funded locally, to the NH State House here. The national tidalwave of blue knocked out dozens of rocksolid multi-term incumbents, and many new R-labeled pro-liberty folks (including other FSPers) would otherwise have been elected as well.

    Come visit NH, folks, and see what you’re missing… we held a real victory party here. That felt really great!

  4. George Whitfield Says:

    Hi Seth. What was the FSP Democrat winner’s name?

  5. Joseph Knight Says:

    Sorry Seth, I’ve been to New Hamshire in the Winter. We need a Free State South somewhere.

  6. Brian Grant Says:

    If a person is going to run as a Republican or a Democrat why move anywhere?

  7. Phil Says:

    Couldn’t it be considered good strategy to run as a Democrat or Republican and then promptly switch your party affiliation? The incumbency would help you a lot in getting elected with your true party outright in the next cycle.

  8. Peter Borah Says:

    Phil: No such thing as the Libertarian Party according to NH. He’d have to switch to Independant.

  9. Phil Says:

    Interesting Peter, do other states have laws like that?

  10. Phil Says:

    Oh wait, I misread your comment. Nevermind.

  11. Rebel Says:

    Joel Winters is the new rep from NH that Seth was talking about. I’m from Michigan and other than some good ballot initiatives that passed, it was a political nightmare for libertarians. I plan to join Seth in NH soon to propel the real liberty movement. One can’t be serious about liberty unless they join the Free State Project. The Nat’l LP nor third parties in general have worked since they’re inception. It’s time to (try to) match the Founding Fathers committment to Liberty and save it in NH before it’s gone everywhere. Now that Bush can label anyone, foreign or domestic, a potential enemy combatant and Habeaus Corpus is over with, any free-thinking dissenter can only find solace in the NH freedom community. Hope people understand this fact and don’t end up standing alone. We might never hear from these individuals again: they’re secretly held/detained in Guantanamo Bay for who knows how long.

  12. undercover_anarchist Says:

    Michigan doesn’t have a Libertarian Party. It has two Constitution Parties. One is just slightly less racist than the other. I’m not sure which is which.

  13. paulie cannolis Says:

    Loretta Nall (Alabama Libertarian write-in candidate for Governor) has been told that the Secretary of State will tally her write-ins next week. This will be a first in Alabama, where write-ins are legal but the Secretary of State has never tallied write-in totals for any particular candidate and put them in the official returns.

    Overall write-in votes have been a lot higher than usual in Alabama, but they have not been broken down by candidate yet. In addition to Loretta, I think a lot of people were probably also writing in Roy Moore, who was not eligible to run as an independent or third party candidate after he lost the Republican primary under the state “sore loser” law.

    Michigan doesn’t have a Libertarian Party. It has two Constitution Parties. One is just slightly less racist than the other. I’m not sure which is which.

    Things must have changed quite a bit there since 2000, then.

    Due to my lifestyle as a full-time traveller, I went to the 2000 LP National convention not sure which state I would be representing. Several states said they might seat me, but weren’t sure. Michigan agreed to seat me as a delegate immediately as long as I joined their state party ($25). I was already a national life member, but I joined them anyway and was a Michigan delegate that year.

    Barbara Goushaw and several other Michigan members were if anything left-libertarian. She mentioned being a former leftist Democrat.

    I haven’t really kept up with the Michigan Party too much since then, and people come and go, but they certainly did not seem anything like the CP back in 2000 – at least the people who amde the trip out to California didn’t.

  14. paulie cannoli Says:

    Sorry Seth, I’ve been to New Hamshire in the Winter. We need a Free State South somewhere.

    How about NM?

    I think the other states in the South and Southwest are bigger.

    Nevada is not a lot bigger, but growing rapidly.

  15. Anonymous Says:

    Very disappointed with Hutchinson’s final showing. I’m looking for Tammy Lee to be the next statewide nominee – she could do well, unless people are starting to see the IP as losers…

    I really wish Strayhorn and Halcro would form PARTIES in their states – Texas and Alaska are states where an organized independent party could do well.

  16. Bill Wood Says:

    The Libertarian Party of Michigan seems to be doing okay. I just visited their website at www.lpmich.com

    I think the LP of WVa. and Maine are the only two State parties that are having a little trouble getting back on track.

  17. William H. White Says:

    In Nevada, which has a “None of the Above” (NOTA) ballot option, some of the third party candidates received fewer votes than NOTA. However, with the NOTA option on the ballot, we know that none of the votes for third party candidates represented a virtual NOTA vote, giving us a more accurate measure of third party support.

    While some third party candidates might fair better without a NOTA option present, I believe the overall effect of NOTA on the ballot would be to show the potential for a third party in the overwhelming number of races where only Democratic or Republican candidates appear.

    Clearly, all legitimate consent requires the ability to withhold consent. And elections to office where voters can withhold their consent with a NOTA ballot option are far more democratic, opening a window of opportunity to third party candidates. So I would urge all third parties to work together to have a binding NOTA ballot option be placed on the ballot by enacting Voter Consent laws in each state.

    If third parties do work together to enact NOTA based Voter Consent laws, then they will empower themselves by first empowering voters to constructively disrupt the two-party-no-real-choice elections, and ultimately create opportunities in any resulting NOTA by-elections. Remember also: a binding NOTA ballot option would likely bring in many abstaining voters, who would be more likely to vote for third party candidates.

    Sincerely,
    William H. White
    Director, Voters for None of the Above
    thirdparties@nota.org
    http://www.nota.org

  18. Gary Odom Says:

    Randy Stufflebeam, the Constitution Party write-in candidate for Governor in Illinois has received 75,964 votes or 1.79% of the total. Not all of the votes are yet counted. This is an extraordinary result for a statewide write-in campaign. Major kudos to Randy and his staff who really helped put the Constitution Party on the map in Illinois under extremely adverse circumstances.

    And yes, before anyone else mentions it, I will admit that it didn’t hurt to have Godawful candidates running on the Dem and GOP tickets. But he still had to go out and get the support and educate the voters how to write-in his name. An excellent job!

  19. Joseph Knight Says:

    “How about NM? I think the other states in the South and Southwest are bigger.”

    In NM, government is the largest landowner and the largest employer, and we have a terrible third-world electoral system. However, we do have one county with a population of around 800 that a couple of our guys are looking at.

    Nevada might be our best shot, historically speaking.

  20. undercover_anarchist Says:

    And educating CP voters on how to write anything is quite an accomplishment. In fact, pulling them off their ox-driven plows / away from their sister’s asses long enough to do anything other than raise a barn deserves my respect.

  21. NewFederalist Says:

    undercover_anarchist: why all the cheap shots at the Constitutionalists? Seems to me nearly 2% of a gubernatorial vote is decent for any minor party let alone a write-in candidate.

  22. paulie Says:

    In NM, government is the largest landowner and the largest employer, and we have a terrible third-world electoral system.

    True, but there are also some advantages:

    Gary Johnson was a former LP member and remained quasi-libertarian. NM was one of Badnarik’s targeted advertising states, and it seemed to pay off: LP name recognition was high when we worked ballot access there in 2005, and unlike in some other states, a lot of it seemed to be positive.

    As a border state, NM has more credibility as an eventually independent nation than Nevada, which is surrounded on all sides by other US. Independence should be a long term goal of any free state project.

    Nevada might be our best shot, historically speaking.

    Aside from being encased in United States, another problem in Nevada is the rapid growth rate; any libertarian migration would be dwarfed by the throngs moving to Vegas and Reno already.

    There are a lot of positives in NV also;

    Legal prostitution and gambling, over 40% voting to make marijuana legal, relatively low state taxes, etc.

    One problem there is that a lot of the non-libertarian migration is LDS, and they tend to be socially statist-conservative (only 8% supported the marijuana intiative, for example).

  23. RCAIP Says:

    Will,

    I really think you fail to see that the NOTA option actually hurts third-party candidates- i.e. people who could potentially vote for a third-party instead vote NOTA because of his/her indecisiveness- wasting their vote. And did I mention that even if NOTA get more votes then any other candidate on the ballot- still, the candidate with the most votes wins- NOTA or not.
    NOTA is one of the most stupidest things to be on the ballot! You’re only saying you don’t know who to vote for when you vote NOTA, and even the two-party system wouldn’t give a damn about NOTA- BECAUSE IT BENIFITS THEM! HELLO?!
    Voting TP is a infinity-times better option then voting NOTA.

    And please! “...For a new election”, common! Imagine how much taxpayers money is wasted if NOTA wins repeatedly- besides THE SAME MAJOR-PARTY CANDIDATES COULD RUN AGAIN! AND STILL WIN! Very little change and a waste of our money
    Do you want to know how NOTA benifts the system? Look at Nevada- The IAP and other minor parties would be winning more offices and votes in that stupid label wasn’t there!

    There’s a way better alternative to NOTA. It’s called a ‘RECALL ELECTION’. California did it and our current Governor is actually trying to help the state. Not make it more bureaucratic like Gray-skies Davis.
    If your state doesn’t have any precedure for recall-elections, then work to pass such laws where you live- not for NOTA!

  24. RCAIP Says:

    “And educating CP voters on how to write anything is quite an accomplishment. In fact, pulling them off their ox-driven plows / away from their sister’s asses long enough to do anything other than raise a barn deserves my respect.”

    =Well, your the one that’s so focused on people’s sexuallity UA.

    =But I must warn you, if you visit California, we recently passed Proposition 83, so you might get stuck with a GPS collar on your ankle!

  25. NewFederalist Says:

    Gary Odom- it would appear Mr. Stufflebeam probably did NOT do as well as he thinks. It appears he is giving himself the benefit of the doubt regarding all votes not otherwise given to his opponents. Let’s wait for the final tally.

  26. Joseph Knight Says:

    Well, Paulie, I would certainly like to see more Libertarians move to New Mexico. Our name recognition is high because a small few of us make it a point to be visable.

    But honestly, I don’t know if this approach is the answer.

    Mary-Margaret’s efforts to create a Libertarian community in Fort Collins, CO did draw a number of Libertarians familys and resulted in on-going activity but I don’t think it ever had any major impact on government. And New Hamshire didn’t even get the LP on the ballot last go around.

    You can run but you can’t hide. Abbie Hoffman once said “The ground you are standing on is liberated territory – defend it!”

  27. Andy Says:

    “And New Hamshire didn’t even get the LP on the ballot last go around.”

    The New Hampshire LP failed to get on the ballot in 2004 and in 2006. Pretty sad for what is supposed to be the Free State.

  28. Paulie Says:

    JK,

    You’re probably correct.

    BTW, I like New Mexico, but I like Old Mexico even more.

  29. Eric Dondero Says:

    Well, not terribly sad when one considers that most Libertarians in New Hampshire are now active in the Republican Liberty Caucus. In fact, the NH RLC is one of the strongest chapters in the nation.

    As for FSP, the only place where it seems to be working is in Phillipsburg, MT. The LP elected an FSPer City Councilman there, and the local Sheriff is a libertarian convert.

    The Alaska LP is doing a sort-of unofficial FSP, as well. And it appears to be working. They’ve elected two to three state legislators and a Governor to boot.

  30. Joseph Knight Says:

    How sad to see libertarians in the RLC. The RLC is WAY too soft on Bushivik-fascism.

  31. Chris Campbell Says:

    Randy seemed like a good guy, despite anarchist obssesions with sex, perversity and ignorance (a mind truly is wasted, prob public schools). HE reflects the world-explains why the rage and unmitigated stupidity.

    I think overall, there was good advancements on the part of CP and LP.

    BTW anarchist, I have 4.5 yrs of LEO experience, a 4 yr degree, past work as a PI and have no sister, let alone an obssesion with biblically banned incest and disgusting sexual practices that you-from your past posts praising sodomy-are apparently into.

    IF his comments were not so offensive in the eyes of God, I would urge all to ignore this hell-bound little ignoramous.

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