FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Pat Dixon, LP Texas State Chair
November 7, 2012
LIBERTARIANS ON THE RISE IN TEXAS
Tuesday's election results showed significant gains for the Libertarian Party in Texas.
With 1,139,564 votes, Libertarian presidential candidates, Gary Johnson and Judge Jim Gray more than DOUBLED
the 2008 vote total of Bob Barr and Wayne Root.
For the first time ever five Libertarians in Texas receive over 1 million votes:
Jaime O. Perez, Railroad Commissioner- 1,122,792
RS Roberto Koelsch, Texas Supreme Court- 1,280,886
Tom Oxford, Texas Supreme Court- 1,030,735
Mark W. Bennett, Court of Criminal Appeals- 1,326,526
William Bryan Strange- Court of Criminal Appeals- 1,313,746
Previously, only William Strange ever achieved 1 million Libertarian votes in Texas.
Lillian Simmons achieved 30% in her race for Texas House and David Kinney in Hockley County had a very competitive race for sheriff receiving 2,479 votes for nearly 42% of the vote.
In Lago Vista a Libertarian, Ed Tidwell, won his seat on City Council against a longtime incumbent.
Throughout Texas, Libertarian votes have spiked. For example, Travis County vote totals saw the following increases from 2008 to 2012:
Best 2-way Statewide
Best 3-way State Rep
Despite the confusing redistricting fiasco and attempts by the legislature to impair the Libertarian Party or remove candidates from the ballot, Tuesday's results show the party is getting stronger and is gathering more public support.
"The Libertarian Party of Texas is clearly not just treading water; we are on the rise," says Pat Dixon. "We are motivated and have already launched our campaign for 2014."
The Libertarian Party is the third-largest political party in Texas, and stands for constitutional government, free markets, civil liberties and peace. You can find more information on the Libertarian Party of Texas at www.lptexas.org.