Archive for the 'Election Results' Category

Strong Constitution Showings in Mississippi

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

A couple of nice showings for Constitution Party candidates down in Mississippi, with one statewide candidate picking up 8% in a 3-way race and a State Senate candidate capturing over 30% of the vote in a 2-way race.

Agriculture Commissioner—1,420 of 1,899 precincts reporting (75%)
Lester Spell - I [GOP] 250,719 50%
Rickey Cole [Dem] 216,002 43%
Paul Riley [...]

Fort Wayne Council Races

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

With virtually all votes cast, here are some results from the Fort Wayne, Indiana city council races where Libertarians contests 5 out of 6 district races. The best showing was Byron Peters in District 1 with 10% of the vote…

FW Council 1—233 of 240 precincts reporting (97%)
Thomas Smith (i) [Rep] 6,965 60%
Kevin Boyd [D] [...]

Updated Virginia Results…

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Results are still coming in fast and furious for the Virginia State House and State Senate races that we’re kind of following here tonight.

First up, Arin Sime has improved a little bit…

*Hanger (Rep) - 67%
Cox (Dem) - 25%
Sime (Lib) - 7%

The other Libertarian running for State Senate is also doing well in his 2-person race [...]

Sime Far Behind in Third Place

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

A bit of a disappointment, but early returns show Arin Sime polling about 6% of the vote in his Virginia State Senate race. Sime ran a great campaign, but was dramatically outspent by the Republican incumbent.

I was personally hoping to see him hit double-digits, but that looks unlikely based on the first results with [...]

Watkins Abbitt Appears Headed for Re-Election

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Watkins Abbitt, an Independent serving in the Virginia House of Delegates, appears to have been re-elected by a wide margin. With only 3% of the vote counted, Abbitt has a 72%-28% lead over Democrat Connie Brennan.

His site:

Abbitt is one of three Independents in the Virginia House. Another, Katherine Waddell, is trailing her [...]

Election Night Open Thread…

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Who among you actually voted today?

Anyway, I’ll post on and off as results come in tonight, but to get things started here’s an open thread. Feel free to discuss any of the results that might have already come in or that I miss along the way.

Here’s some music to get you in the mood…


Tomorrow is Election Day!

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Well, tomorrow is election day nationally. Mostly local and municipal races are on the ballot… although there are a few legislative and gubernatorial contests of interest.

Most of my personal interest has been in the Virginia State Senate contest featuring Arin Sime. I think he’s run a great campaign and might be able to [...]

Alaskan Independence Party Elects a Member to Serve on a Local Hospital Board

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Just got this tip from a friend involved with the Alaskan Independence Party. The party appears to have elected a member to a local Hospital Service Board…

John “Ozzy” Osborne was elected to the Central Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board on 10/02/07. He is a long time member of the Alaskan Independence Party, and [...]

Louisiana Guv Results

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

A smattering of independents were on the ballot in today’s governor’s race in Louisiana. Though actively campaigning, the Libertarian in the race placed a very dismal showing:

A link to those results can be found here:

Tsongas wins Special Election

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Democrat Niki Tsongas won yesterday’s Special Election in the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts.

Three minor party and independent candidates were on the ballot…

Niki Tsongas (Democrat) - 51.32%
Jim Ogonowski (Republican) - 45.10%
Patrick Murphy (Independent) - 2.05%
Kurt Hayes (Independent) - 1.06%
Kevin Thompson (Constitution) - 0.47%

Mass. CD-5 Election is Today

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

This district leans heavily toward the Democrats, but third party observers will be curious to know how ultra-conservative Constitution Party candidate Kevin Thompson favors.

McMurtry Joins Democrats in State House

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

The day after being elected to the Massachusettes State House as an independent, Paul McMurtry has switched his registration and will serve as a Democrat in order to have a maximum amount of influence. He believes that by being a member of the majority party in the legislature he will be able to [...]

Independent Elected to Mass. House

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

Independent candidate Paul McMurtry was elected to the Massachusettes State House last week in a special election. He defeated a Republican and a Democrat, winning 38% of the vote.

From the Westwood Press…

Paul McMurtry, who pitched himself as the local candidate while campaigning for the 11th Norfolk District, needed the support of his hometown to [...]

CP Candidate wins 39% in South Carolina

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Constitution Party candidate Butch Taylor won 39% of the vote in a 2-way race for a Greenville County Council seat in South Carolina. He was defeated by another staunch conservative who was running on the Republican ballot line.

From Greenville Online…

Bob Jones University administrator Sid Cates won Tuesday’s special election for the Taylors-area Greenville County [...]

Jason West Defeated in Re-Election Bid

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

Looks like Green Party mayor Jason West has been defeated in his re-election bid up in New Paltz, NY. Trustee Terry Dungan was elected by a margin of 514 to 379 votes.

From the Daily Freeman…

Jason West, the young mayor of New Paltz who drew nationwide attention for presiding over the unofficial weddings of [...]

Chuck Geshlider

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Nothing invokes discussions about clean elections quite like Chuck Geshlider. Many Libertarians and more recently, Constitution Party activists from Nevada to Texas, know this New York-accented firecracker.

However, his blunt and abrasive style cost him quite a few allies in the Free Town Project in Grafton, New Hampshire several years ago.

He most recently served as my [...]

Badnarik’s New Venture

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

2004 Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik - who most recently ran for U.S. Congress in Texas’ 10th District, receiving 4% of the vote after spending $400,000 - is now hosting a radio show, according to the latest from and We The People Radio Network.

Still no word where Badnarik’s campaign manager, Allen Hacker, ran off [...]

A Big Libertarian Win in Georgia…

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Recently a Libertarian named Karen Richardson was elected to the nonpartisan city council of Johns Creek, Georgia. With more than 60,000 residents, it’s the state’s 10th largest city and a major suburb of Atlanta.

Joe Magyer writes about this important win, and why it’s such an important lesson, in the following article published at [...]

Two LPers Win Kansas Races

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

Some good news from Rob Hodgkinson, the chair of the Kansas Libertarian Party. He reports that 2 of 4 Libertarians won their nonpartisan races during the recent round of local municipal elections. His email follows…

Good News on the election front for Kansas Libertarians. We had four candidates in the April general election [...]

Big Win for Libertarians

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

Some great news for Libertarians yesterday as Doug Burlison won a seat on the Springfield City Council in Missouri. Burlison is an Army veteran and has run for office at least six times in the past. He was the chairman of the Greene County LP from 1999 to 2004.

The official press release follows…

Missouri [...]

Kentucky Elected Indy State Senator

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

Ballot Access News reports that Kentucky elected an independent candidate to the State Senate in last November’s election.

On November 7, 2006, voters in Kentucky’s 2nd State Senate district elected an independent candidate to represent them in the State Senate. Kentucky almost never elects independent candidates to state or federal office. Independent candidates must contend against [...]

Hit piece on the Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

And I thought I didn’t mince words…

Looks to be that there’s a backlash against the recent electoral successes of the Greens in Massachusetts, with an op/ed in attacking them.

The Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts didn’t do badly in the state’s November elections. Although its candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, Grace Ross and Wendy Van [...]

Constitution Party cleans up in Utah

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Looks like a good year for third parties.

While the Greens managed to beat back duopoly power in Illinois and the Libertarians set records in Texas and Georgia, the Constitution Party is cementing its base in the intermontane West.

Of course, there’s Jore. But just as worthwhile are the close finishes, the double-digit races, the serious [...]

Stufflebeam Earns 19,020 Write-in Votes

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Looks like an impressive and record-setting write-in vote total for Illinois Constitution Party gubernatorial candidate Randy Stufflebeam. This is real, reported votes rather than the undervotes that were being tabulated earlier.

Had he been on the ballot, it seems like Stufflebeam might have made as big of a splash as Green candidate Rich Whitney. [...]

Canadian Greens Post Strong Showing

Monday, December 4th, 2006

In a recent special election held to replace a Canadian MP who resigned to seek another office, the Green Party scored a strong second place showing. Green Leader Elizabeth May captured 26%, behind the Liberals’ 35% but ahead of the 24% for the Conservative candidate and 14% for the NDP candidate.

From the CBC

Green [...]