Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Libertarians, Third Parties Set Multiple Records in 2020 US Senate Elections

Nine third party or independent candidates made the record books in U.S. Senate elections across the nation

by Dr. Eric Ostermeier, Smart Politics

Despite Libertarians shedding over two percentage points at the top of the ticket in the race for president vis-à-vis four years ago, their nominees for U.S. Senate set party records in multiple states across the country this cycle.

Libertarians set four state records and, technically, recorded the best ever showing in a U.S. Senate election across the more than 350 contests in which the party has fielded nominees dating back to 1976.

In Arkansas, Libertarian nominee Ricky Harrington set not only a state but also a national party record by winning 33.48 percent of the vote against Republican Senator Tom Cotton – albeit with no Democratic nominee on the ballot for the first time in Arkansas electoral history.

Harrington bests Alaska’s Joe Miller, who notched 29.16 percent in his unsuccessful bid to unseat Republican Lisa Murkowski in 2016. Four candidates, including a Democratic nominee, finished in double-digits in that contest...

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