Smart Politics recently profiled the record-setting performances Libertarians and other third party candidates had this cycle across nine states in elections for the U.S. Senate.
This report’s focus is on gubernatorial elections – for which Libertarians set new party records in four of the nine states in which they fielded a nominee earlier this month.
Nearly setting the all-time bar was U.S Navy veteran and 2016 U.S. Senate nominee Donald Rainwater in Indiana (pictured).
Rainwater clocked in with 11.44 percent – nearly tripling the previous best for the party in the state (Robert Boneham’s 3.95 percent in 2012).
This was the eighth time Libertarians have fielded a nominee for governor in Indiana dating back to the first nominee there in 1984.
Rainwater is just the third Libertarian candidate to reach double-digits in a gubernatorial election in party history and ranks second all-time to Alaska’s Dick Randolph who won 14.91 percent in 1982...