Natural Law stronghold county supported Ron Paul

Ballot Access News

Jefferson County, Iowa, was the stronghold of the Natural Law Party, while that party existed. The party was associated with the Maharishi and his Transcendental Meditation movement. That movement’s university is in Fairfield, the county seat and largest town in Jefferson County. In November 1992, Jefferson County has cast 22.8% of its vote for John Hagelin for president. In November 1996, Hagelin had received 21.3% in Jefferson County; in November 2000, Hagelin had received 14.7% in that county.

At the 2008 Iowa Republican caucus, the Jefferson County vote was: Ron Paul 298, Mike Huckabee 263, Mitt Romney 132, Fred Thompson 80, John McCain 38, Rudy Giuliani 25, Duncan Hunter 3.

At the 2008 Democratic caucus, the Jefferson County vote was: Barack Obama 682, John Edwards 545, Hillary Clinton 245, Joseph Biden 21, all others zero.

In the Republican caucus, Jefferson County was the only Iowa county to be carried by someone other than either Mike Huckabee or Mitt Romney. Thanks to Eric Garris for this news.

8 Responses to “Natural Law stronghold county supported Ron Paul”

  1. Fred C. Says:

    I’d be interested in seeing historical caucus results for this county since the NLP and Maharishi folks moved in.

  2. Cody Quirk Says:

    Check out David Leip’s US elections atlas website then.

  3. Fred C. Says:

    Good advice, I forget about that website every four years.

  4. Eric Dondero Says:

    Is this because Ron Paul IA Coordinator Joe Seehausen is the former Iowa Coordinator for the Natrual Law Party?

    Will someone please confirm this for me. Is this the same Joe Seehausen?

  5. Fred C. Says:

    The Natural Law Party’s Iowa page going back to 2000 lists an Ed Malloy as state chair. Googling Seehausen only connects him to the RP campaign and the LP.

  6. Ronald Kane Hardy Says:

    Jefferson County voted for Kucinich in the 2004 caucus.

    I wrote about it here:

    with a data map I found online somewhere.

  7. John M. Knapp, LMSW Says:

    Many critics consider Transcendental Meditation a cult led by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. For an alternative view of the TM Movement, readers may be interested in checking out TM-Free Blog,, or my counseling site,, where individuals recovering from Transcendental Meditation and similar groups will find helpful information.

    John M. Knapp, LMSW

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