Two major wins for the Libertarian Party in 2012

Thank you to all those who supported my Congressional run. I’m pleased with the result,but somewhat surprised that Rep. Renee Ellmers was re-elected by such a large margin. I was hoping that whichever of the major party candidates won, my vote would be the margin of difference.

It’s strange (but not surprising) that, despite all the Republicans and Tea Party types who told me how disappointed they were with Ellmers, they closed ranks and voted for the Red Team anyway.

My election prognostications were only half right; President Barack Obama did get a majority of the electoral votes, but he also received a plurality of the popular vote, but just barely. There really wasn’t a change for an Electoral College tie.

The major news for 2012, however, is that the Libertarians scored two major victories.

First, in North Carolina Barbara Howe got two percent of the vote for governor, thus securing the party’s ballot access for another four years.

Second, Gov. Gary Johnson achieved an historic one million votes for president, beating the 32-year old record of 921,128 set y Ed Clark in 1980.  As of this writing Google had Johnson at 1,139,562, more than double that of the 2008 ticket of Bob Barr and Wayne Root. Barr and Root are no longer Libertarians, by the way.

North Carolina has arguable the most restrictive ballot access laws in the nations. Howe’s achievement marks the second time the LPNC has kept its ballot access status through the voting process. Dr. Mike Munger did it first in 2008.

This will save the LPNC a boat-load of money, time and other resources. That means we’ll be able to go into the 2014 and 2016 elections not only without having to exhaust all our resources just to get to the starting line, but with a ample resources to fill the ballot with Libertarian candidates who’ll be able to run competitive races.

More information:

N.C. Libertarian Candidate Results

N.C. State Board of Elections Results Summary

See Google Election Results