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Bridget Johnson

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November 7, 2013 - 7:44 am

The Libertarian Party declared that its showing in Tuesday’s Virginia gubernatorial election proves that the third party is on the rise.

With all precincts in, winner Terry McAuliffe had 47.7 percent of the vote to Ken Cuccinelli at 45.2 percent. Libertarian Robert Sarvis, a software developer and attorney, pulled in 6.52 percent.

The Libertarian Party noted that in 1990 their gubernatorial candidate got just 0.7 percent of the vote.

In fact, supporters were told in a party email, it was the third-highest vote total for a Libertarian in a governor’s race in the party’s history, in any state. In 1982, Libertarian state representative Dick Randolph won 15 percent of the vote for governor in Alaska.

The 37-year-old candidate was more attractive to younger voters, winning 15 percent of ballots cast by those between 18-29.

“A record-breaking number of Virginia voters have sent a message that they prefer the open-minded and open-for-business libertarianism of Robert Sarvis to the crazy social agenda of the Republicans and the crony capitalism of the Democrats,” said Chuck Moulton, chairman for the Libertarian Party of Virginia. “The Libertarian Party of Virginia is excited to build on this success by expanding its membership and running ever more highly qualified candidates in 2014 and beyond.”

The party said “Sarvis’s success was aided by Cuccinelli’s social conservative agenda, unpopular among most Virginia voters, which stood in stark contrast to Sarvis’s advocacy for personal freedoms.”

Libertarian Ron Paul (R-Texas), though, said ”anybody who would conceivably vote for someone who would endorse a mileage tax” — a proposal Sarvis said he would consider — is “insane.” Paul campaigned for Cuccinelli, as did his son Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Ron Paul told them not to vote for Sarvis because he was a fraud. That they didn't listen or look at all the evidence that was out there just proves that the typical Libertarian is another class of low-information voter going on the "L" next to the candidate's name, and the promise to legalize pot.
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Great. Just when I threaten to go back to voting libertarian over establishment Republicans, the LP pulls its own kind of stupid.
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This would be the same Libertarian Party whose candidate was financed by an Obama bundler? See: http://goo.gl/jhYfcr

Why, yes. Yes it would.
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Not now you morons, NOT NOW!

Idiots. Now we've got McAuliffe. You know, from the party that financed your campaign?

F*ck you very much
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Looks like all the parties are infected.

Awesome.
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