The Libertarian Party comes into Election Day telling voters that casting a ballot for Libertarian candidates is worth “100 times” a vote for a Democrat or Republican.
Libertarian candidates — including Amanda Swafford for Georgia Senate, Chad Grimm for Illinois governor, Adrian Wyllie for Florida governor, and Sean Haugh for North Carolina Senate — are poised to impact close races tonight.
In a statement, the party said it’s proud of that fact: “Political leverage! Libertarian Party candidates have it in 2014.”
“Unlike the Democratic and Republican candidates, our Libertarian Party candidates for public office have one rock-solid issue — and a clear, powerful message,” the party said. “Our rock-solid issue: To dramatically expand and advance individual liberty in America.”
“Our clear, powerful message: Vote for us, elect us, and we will do everything we can to dramatically roll back today’s Big Government. To dramatically shrink the size, power, authority, responsibility, taxes, and spending of federal, state, and local Big Government. Voting Libertarian is voting to give people back their own lives. Their own choices. Their own destinies.”
The Libertarians touted how the party is receiving more media coverage than ever — usually in the context of whether candidates will be spoilers to Dems or GOPs in tight races.
But the party said it’s “because voters are looking us over.”
“Because 18- to 35-year-old voters are voting for Libertarian Party candidates in higher and higher numbers. Because the Libertarian Party issues and proposals are the growing choice of a new, young generation. Because this young generation of voters is talking about us and our government-shrinking, liberty-expanding issues — with their friends and families.”
Voting for Libertarians today, the party argued, “turns up the volume of the word of mouth.”
“Your vote may well have 100 times the impact of each vote cast for a Democratic or Republican candidate. It just might attract more and more voters to the Libertarian Party — to the Libertarian alternative — in 2015 and 2016. And get us closer to the Libertarian tipping point.”