Powell tops all other LP gubernatorial candidates

Powell tops all other LP gubernatorial candidates

Chris Powell, the Libertarian candidate in Tuesday’s election for Governor, recorded the highest percentage among the twenty-two LP gubernatorial candidates nationwide. Powell received 40,768 votes, 3.4% of the total. Due to a typographical error it was widely reported that Alaska Libertarian Billy Toien had received 43,227 votes in that state’s gubernatorial race but in actual fact Toien’s total was 4,327 equaling 1.84% rather than 15.7%. “Hyper-partisanship made this a difficult year for all alternative candidates. We fought for every vote we could get. Receiving the highest percentage in the country shows that our campaign was effective,” said Powell. The next best percentage was 2.9% for Mark West in Arkansas.

John Yeutter received 270,016 votes in the State Auditor race to set a new record for the Oklahoma Libertarian Party, breaking Powell’s mark of 89,019 for Oklahoma County Clerk in 2016. Powell’s 36% in that contest continues to be the highest percentage for any of the party’s candidates. Yeutter’s performance also tops George Wallace’s 191,731 votes for president in 1968, previously the highest number for any alternative party candidate in a state election. Tuesday’s results will maintain ballot access for the Libertarian Party through 2022.