Sunday, November 15, 2020

'Did Libertarians cost GOP a U.S. House seat in Iowa - and the presidency?'

If libertarianism is the 'heart and soul' of conservatism, as Reagan said, then conservatives have lost their hearts and souls

by Adam Sullivan, The Gazette

With nail-biters across the country, Republicans and Democrats are looking for someone to blame for their narrow losses in the 2020 elections.

One Iowa race is headquarters for claims of election “spoilers.” Democratic U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne won reelection by about 6,000 votes over Republican challenger David Young, according to unofficial results in Iowa’s 3rd District, which includes Des Moines and Council Bluffs.

Libertarian Party candidate Bryan Jack Holder earned about 15,000 votes, easily covering the gap between the major party candidates.

On the Republican Party of Pottawattamie County Facebook page, activists are wondering if Holder cost Young the election. One user wrote: “They need to grow their party, or quit SPLITTING THE ANTIDEMOCRAT VOTE, they need to grow up.”

Holder, who was running in the district for the fourth time, rejects the “spoiler” angle. He says he won those votes fair and square by reaching out to independent and Libertarian voters...

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