Bob Barr passes 500,000 vote mark

CNN has the current tallies:

Obama
65,775,311
53%

McCain
57,669,961
46%

Nader
684,283

Barr
503,132

Baldwin
180,944

McKinney
148,207

Keyes
37,844

Paul
19,852

La Riva
7,465

Calero
7,197

Moore
6,563

None of these candidates
6,251

Duncan
3,703

Harris
2,616

Jay
2,346

Polachek
1,223

McEnulty
781

Wamboldt
770

Stevens
720

Amondson
639

Boss
604

Phillies
518

Weill
470

Allen
310

Lyttle
106

With votes still being tallied, IPR is watching out for the following benchmarks: Nader to top his 1996 total of 685,297, and then perhaps to top 700,000 votes.

Baldwin to top Howard Phillips’ 1996 total of 184,820, and then perhaps to top 200,000 votes.

Cynthia McKinney to top 150,000 votes.

This popular vote total is the second best the LP has received in the presidential race, and the fourth highest percentage (after Ed Clark in 1980, Harry Browne in 1996 and Ron Paul in 1988).

23 thoughts on “Bob Barr passes 500,000 vote mark

  1. Libertarian Joseph

    Atleast we hit the 500k mark. This shows that the party improved since 2004.

    Look at how much the BTP received LOL. Charles Jay is an opportunist, he reminds me of a watered down Wayne Allyn Root.

  2. Libertarian Joseph

    Yeah, but why desn’t the BTP just join the LP? We need some solidarity. Spliting them up just splits the votes up, makes it easy for MSM to continue marginalizing libertarians.

  3. paulie cannoli Post author

    I don’t think another 2,000 votes would have made the day for Barr. In any case, many of those were people who were very much opposed to Barr being the LP nominee, and would not have voted for him even if Jay had not run.

  4. HumbleTravis

    This is very much a half-empty/half-full situation for the LP. Will the national party learn from it’s mistakes or will the 500,000 be considered as “proof” of a successful campaign?

  5. Libertarian Joseph

    Barr was touting the party line, what was the problem? Ron Paul wasn’t even a “perfect” libertarian, didn’t he run as pro-life which angered pro-choice libertarians? Besides, Ron Paul is a paleocon.

  6. Jimmy Clifton

    I predict the Green Party and the Constitution Party will eventually have more members than the LP. The LP made a huge mistake by nominating Barr.

  7. johncjackson

    The best radical backlash is not being involved in politics. The nature of electoral politics and the LP itself is very statist, so of course it is inviting for disgruntled Republicans. How radical is it to attempt to control a political party?

  8. paulie cannoli Post author

    The best radical backlash is not being involved in politics.

    If you choose not to be involved in politics, it doesn’t mean politicians will choose to leave you be. Involvement in partisan politics does not mean you think the system should exist, just an acknowledgment that it does exist.

  9. Mike Gillis

    In other news, the Nader/Gonazalez ticket just surpassed the Nader ’96 ticket’s numbers to become his second best run in terms of votes.

  10. José C

    500,000+ votes. The Barr haters will not like this. Second best vote total behind Ed Clark.

    I agree with George Dance. Where is the analysis on the vote totals for George Phillies, Ron Paul, and Charles Jay? Combined they do not come anywhere near 500,000+ votes.

  11. paulie cannoli Post author

    Many, possibly most, votes for Ron Paul and/or Charles Jay were write-in votes, and have not been reported yet.

    I honestly don’t see the point of making these types of reports for candidates who were on in 1, 2 or 3 states. For that matter, we haven’t yet made any such reports for the various socialist, prohibition, etc. candidates. Maybe at some point, I don’t know.

    As previously noted, Barr did 4th best in percentage terms, behind Clark 80, Browne 96, and Ron Paul 88. His percentage was almost exactly the average of the five previous races.

  12. Morgan Wick

    11: The Greens, no, they’re just “the Democrats but more so”. The Constitution Party, though, could attract a number of Libertarians of both radical and disgruntled-Republican stripes if the Libs go the path of the Reform Party.

  13. paulie cannoli Post author

    The Greens, no, they’re just “the Democrats but more so”. The Constitution Party, though, could attract a number of Libertarians of both radical and disgruntled-Republican stripes if the Libs go the path of the Reform Party.

    So, you could say the CP is like the Republicans, only more so.

    If I am to choose between the two I’d go Green, easily.

  14. Trent Hill

    We will, almost inevitably, report the vote totals of the 2-3 state candidates–the Socialists, Prohibitionists, Boston Tea Partiers, etc. Prolly all in one post.

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