Members of the Libertarian Party have a lot to be happy about. While their 2012 nominee Gary Johnson didn’t win the election, he did get third place and received more votes then all other third party candidates combined. Johnson doubled the votes from 2008 and many Libertarian candidates across the country have been doing better in their respective races as compared to previous election cycles. This results in more exposure with the media, and gains in both contributions and membership.
In response to all the positive growth, the Libertarian Party has started a two year plan to have a bigger impact in the 2014 midterm election with a goal of running over a thousand candidates, double from 2012.
Mark Wachtler of The Examiner had this to say:
One humorous observation by this column is that Republicans have big wallets. Democrats have big tents. Greens have big hearts. Socialists have big ideas. And Nationalists have big guns. But Libertarians have big brains. From their policies and positions to the problems and issues of the day, Libertarians are some of the most educated and well-thought voters in America. The party demonstrates that attribute with its strategy for the next two years.
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The party’s two-year strategy includes the following items (from Thursday’s email to supporters):
- Candidate training from experienced, skilled Libertarian Party experts.
- Campaign training from proven, seasoned Libertarian Party campaign experts.
- Libertarian solutions, not just positions.
- Fundraising training.
- How to recruit, train, motivate, and nurture dozens of volunteers for your Libertarian Party campaign.
- Door-to-door campaigning.
- One-time seminars, one-time training is not enough.
As Libertarian Party officials explain, the party will be bigger, stronger and more prepared than ever next time. “In over 30,000 elective offices in the United States,” an LP official states, “a Libertarian Party candidate can be elected with less than 1,000 votes.” And if the party’s strategy is successful, those candidates “will be better-funded, better-trained, better-equipped”.
As there are so few elected Libertarians, and none at the national level, there will be virtually no support from within the politically connected. However, with both Republican and Democratic membership on the decline, and increases in both the Libertarian Party and registered Independents, the Libertarian Party is intending to make some real strides in the next election.
Read more on the Libertarian Party’s new strategy at the Examiner: Libertarian Party strategy to run double the candidates in 2014