Results: Libertarian Presidential Campaigns

This is the second is a series of comparison charts I’m working on to briefly outline how well a party’s Presidential tickets peformed over the last few decades. This time it’s the Libertarian Party.

The figures include total number of votes nationally, percent of the national vote, the number of states where the candidate finished above 1%, and the average percentage of the vote in the candidate’s five best states and counties.

If the candidate’s name appears in green, it represents an improvement over the previous campaign in total number of votes. If red, it represents a decline.


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Michael Badnarik - 2004
Total Votes: 397,265 votes
Percentage of National Vote: 0.32%
Average Percentage in Top 5 States: 0.63%
Number of States Above 1% of the vote: zero
Average Percentage in Top 5 Counties: 2.09%
Number of states on the ballot: 48 States + DC

Harry Browne - 2000
Total Votes: 384,516 votes
Percentage of National Vote: 0.36% v
Average Percentage in Top 5 States: 0.89%
Number of States Above 1% of the vote: one
Average Percentage in Top 5 Counties: 2.87%
Number of states on the ballot: All 50 + DC***

Harry Browne - 1996
Total Votes: 485,798 votes
Percentage of National Vote: 0.50%
Average Percentage in Top 5 States: 0.92%
Number of States Above 1% of the vote: one
Average Percentage in Top 5 Counties: 2.28%
Number of states on the ballot: All 50 + DC

Andre Marrou - 1992
Total Votes: 290,087 votes
Percentage of National Vote: 0.28%
Average Percentage in Top 5 States: 0.53%
Number of States Above 1% of the vote: zero
Average Percentage in Top 5 Counties: 1.87%
Number of states on the ballot: All 50 + DC

Ron Paul - 1988
Total Votes: 431,750 votes
Percentage of National Vote: 0.47%
Average Percentage in Top 5 States: 1.58%
Number of States Above 1% of the vote: eleven
Average Percentage in Top 5 Counties: 4.27%
Number of states on the ballot: 46 States + DC

David Bergland - 1984
Total Votes: 228,111 votes
Percentage of National Vote: 0.25%
Average Percentage in Top 5 States: 1.51%
Number of States Above 1% of the vote: four
Average Percentage in Top 5 Counties: 2.52%
Number of states on the ballot: 39 States + DC

Ed Clark - 1980
Total Votes: 921,128 votes
Percentage of National Vote: 1.06%
Average Percentage in Top 5 States: 4.25%**
Number of States Above 1% of the vote: twenty-three
Average Percentage in Top 5 Counties: 5.10%
Number of states on the ballot: All 50 + DC

Roger MacBride - 1976
Total Votes: 172,553 votes
Percentage of National Vote: 0.21%
Average Percentage in Top 5 States: 1.93%*
Number of States Above 1% of the vote: four
Average Percentage in Top 5 Counties: 2.66%
Number of states on the ballot: 32 States

John Hospers - 1972
Total Votes: 3,674 votes
Percentage of National Vote: 0.00%
Average Percentage in Top 5 States: N/A
Number of States Above 1% of the vote: zero
Average Percentage in Top 5 Counties: unknown
Number of states on the ballot: 2
(Note, this ticket received a single electoral vote from a defecting Nixon elector.)

*MacBride scored a 5.5% showing in Alaska, in all other states he finished well below 2%.

**Clark scored an 11.7% showing in Alaska, in all other states he finished below 3%.

***In 2000, a split between the Arizona chapter and the national party led to the placement of science-fiction author L. Neil Smith on the Presidential ballot in Arizona rather than Harry Browne.

3 Responses to “Results: Libertarian Presidential Campaigns”

  1. NewFederalist Says:

    The 1972 Hospers/Nathan ticket appeared on the ballot in the states of Colorado and Washington.

  2. Austin Cassidy Says:

    Thanks, I thought it was 2… but I couldn’t remember which. Didn’t they also scoop a few write-ins up from other places like California?

  3. NewFederalist Says:

    I am fairly sure they received some write-in votes in addition to the two states. It is also interesting to note that Tonie Nathan was the first woman to receive an electoral vote for Vice President some 12 years before Geraldine Ferraro did it. Many people think former Rep. Ferraro was the first.

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