GREENVILLE, S.C.; November 5, 2020— Libertarian for president Dr. Jo Jorgensen has won more votes, and a higher percentage of the vote, than all twelve presidential campaigns in the party’s history, except one. Only the 2016 ticket headed by two former governors, Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, polled higher.
Jorgensen, who was the party’s 1996 vice-presidential nominee, has won 1,642,620 votes, or 1.1 percent, as of 4:30 this morning (eastern).
Her vote percentage beats those of Gov. Johnson when he ran in 2012 and received 0.99 percent of the vote, former Congressman Bob Barr in 2008, who received 0.4 percent, and former Congressman Ron Paul, who received 0.5 percent in 1988.
Libertarian Ed Clark received 1.06 percent of the vote in 1980 when his vice-presidential running mate was billionaire David Koch, who helped to finance the campaign.
Jorgensen, who ran with virtually no name recognition outside the Libertarian Party, has shown that Libertarians, with a strong candidate and a well run campaign, have enough grassroots support to consistently beat the one-percent vote threshold, even without a name candidate or easy money, and even in one of the closest, most highly contested races between Democrats and Republicans in the country’s history.
“The Libertarian Party’s baseline votes will continue to grow,” said Jorgensen. “The only way Democrats and Republicans can keep us down is by adopting our libertarian policies.”
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