Election Results 2002
I plan to post more comprehensive election coverage within the next few days. For now, here is a quick look at some important elections (from a libertarian perspective) in Colorado and across the country. Results are based on preliminary data.
In Colorado, Libertarian Sheriff Bill Masters was unopposed in San Miguel County. Robert Dempsey, the Libertarian county coroner there, won in a two-way race against a Republican.
To my knowledge, no other Libertarian candidate won in Colorado. With 94% of the reports in, Rick Stanley came in fourth place behind Douglas "Dayhorse" Campbell, each with around 18,000 votes, or about 1.5%. Republican Wayne Allard won. Ralph Shnelvar (L) also came in fourth with around 1.5%. Margaret Denny (L) earned 35% of the vote for Arapahoe clerk against the scandal-tainted Republican Tracy Baker.
Libertarian Biff Baker got 11,181 votes, or 6%, for U.S. House, District 5. Republican Joel Hefley won with 69%. In Mesa County, Republican Stan Hilkey beat Libertarian John Gurley 30,686 votes to 6,337 to become sheriff.
All the important referenda lost with the exception of Amendment 27, which imposes new restrictions on campaign financing. (Also, coroners now face qualifications and outdated Constitutional language is repealed.) The state LP opposed all the state-wide measures.
Nationwide, a health care finance initiative died in Oregon. Libertarians lost several battles in other states. A fully-informed jury initiative lost in South Dakota 21-79%. (However, one voter in five supported it, which means there's a good chance a supporter will appear on any given jury.) An initiative to legalize the possession of marijuana failed in Nevada, and a medical marijuana measure failed in Arizona. A tax-reduction measure failed in Massachusetts. [However, it did earn over 45% of the vote, causing its libertarian supporters to cheer.]
Jacob "Bumper" Hornberger pulled 9% in a three-way race for Senate in Virginia. Ed Thompson earned 11% of the vote for governor of Wisconsin. Carla Howell pulled in 1% of the vote, around 23,000 votes, in the governor's race in Massachusetts. (The Green got around 75,000 votes.) Michael Cloud got 19% in a two-way race for Senate.
-- Ari Armstrong, November 6, 2002, 3:16 a.m.