Libertarians retain ballot spot

For the first time in modern North Carolina history, a third party has retained its ballot status at the voting booth. Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Mike Munger polled about three percent of the vote today, besting the state's restrictive standard for a third party to poll at least two percent of the vote in the race for governor or president.For the first time in modern North Carolina history, a third party has retained its ballot status at the voting booth. Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Mike Munger polled about three percent of the vote today, besting the state's restrictive standard for a third party to poll at least two percent of the vote in the race for governor or president.

Libertarian candidates for lieutenant governor, insurance commissioner and U.S. Senate also broke the two percent barrier.

While conceding that "one of the other two candidates will become governor," Munger claimed a victory on behalf of all Libertarians for besting the states "enormous requirements to stay on the ballot and not have to get the damn signatures" on petitions.

"This is just the first step," Munger said. "We got the signatures and we satisfied the requirements of the State by playing Simon Says in just the way they wants us to."

Now he said its time for the Libertarian Party to take the next step and run competitive races for several General Assembly seats and other offices. Munger then announced he would seek the Libertarian nomination for NC State Senate in 2010 and the party's nomination for governor in 2012.

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NC State Senate?

I think that is a good step for Munger, who could actually win SOMETHING.

"You could say, 'Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted?' Most of us have never heard of him before." John McCain, following Clinton's strikes on al Qaeda camps

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Thanks for posting this

We were happy to have Dr. Munger as part of the BlueNC community early on and I circulated many petitions to get him on the ballot. My motive was nefarious, of course. I believed Mike would likely pull more votes from the right than from the left. I'm not sure it actually worked out that way, or not.

In any case, congratulations to the Libertarian party for breaking new ground - and paving the way, perhaps for even more third parties.

Heard several say last night that Republicans will go

Goldwater in the next 4 years. If Libertarians are now on the ballot and Republicans start talking up Libertarian talking points, well, not sure what will happen. Question becomes, if Republicans become fiscal conservative Libertarian Republicans, then where do the Evangelicals go? Away?

"You could say, 'Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted?' Most of us have never heard of him before." John McCain, following Clinton's strikes on al Qaeda camps

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

You can believe it

I'm not sure it actually worked out that way, or not.

A few of the most recent polls from Rasmussen (I think), where Munger was not included, had people picking McCrory 51% TO Perdue's 47%. With Munger as a third choice, it was a dead heat between Perdue & McCrory.

Regardless of whether Munger's voters leaned R or D, without him on the ballot, most of them would have chosen McCrory, I believe.