Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Iowa Libertarian Party Gubernatorial Primary Attracts Historic Newspaper Endorsement

After Gary Johnson's 2016 Libertarian campaign met the benchmark for major party status in Iowa, the Des Moines Register's editorial board is issuing a historic endorsement in the Iowa Libertarian Party's first-ever gubernatorial primary...

by Barry Donegan, Truth In Media

The Iowa Libertarian Party is set to have its first-ever gubernatorial primary in the state in June of this year after Gary Johnson’s 2016 presidential election totals triggered major party status for the state’s Libertarian Party for at least this year’s election.
Johnson received 3.8 percent of the Iowa vote in 2016, well above the 2 percent benchmark that unlocks major party status for the subsequent election. However, in order to maintain major-party status, a Libertarian Party candidate must achieve 2 percent again in a general election in another state-wide race.
“Being a major party has its privileges, including the ability to hold special conventions and primary elections. That means Iowa voters, when they vote early or head to the polls on June 5, can choose to vote in the Libertarian Party primary… There are also significant disadvantages, especially a struggle for exposure. That’s one reason why the Des Moines Register editorial board decided to make an endorsement in the Libertarian primary race,” wrote the Des Moines Register editorial board...

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