Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Texas Libertarians break records again


Texas Libertarians break records again

AUSTIN - November 6, 2008 - The Libertarian Party of Texas (LPT) showed strong results in the 2008 general election. The party broke several of its own records, and played "kingmaker" in several key races.

The party had 173 candidates on the ballot, its highest count ever.

By getting more than 5 percent in at least one statewide race, the LPT is automatically qualified for ballot access in 2010.

William B. Strange, the Libertarian candidate for Court of Criminal Appeals Place 9, received more than one million votes. That is the first time any Libertarian in Texas has crossed the million-vote threshold. According to ballot access expert Richard Winger, Strange is one of only two minor-party candidates to cross the million-vote threshold since 1970.

Yvonne Schick, the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senator, received over 184,000 votes, or 2.34 percent. That is the highest vote count, and the highest percentage, ever received by a Texas Libertarian for that office.

Libertarian candidates played "kingmaker" in several legislative races. In State Senate District 10, State House District 11, State House District 52, State House District 105, it appears that candidates will win with less than 50 percent of the vote. The Libertarian presence may have been crucial in those races.

Earlier this year, current and former Republican officeholders had contacted several Libertarian candidates asking them to drop out of the election.

In Travis County, two Libertarian candidates played "kingmaker", holding the winners under 50 percent, and possibly costing two Republican incumbents their seats.

Wes Benedict, LPT Executive Director, commented, "I'm glad to see that we might throw the election to the Democrat in District 105. If Republicans lose control of the Texas House, that could be a good thing for taxpayers. Government generally grows much faster when the same party controls both the legislative and executive branches. Divided government might be healthy for Texas."

Election results are reported by the Texas Secretary of State's office:

List of Libertarian candidates:

Wes Benedict, LPT Executive Director

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