November 7, 2014

2014 Election Results - How Opposition Candidates fared

By Mark Wachtler

November 7, 2014. (ONN) With Tuesday’s midterm Elections behind us, it’s apparent the political pendulum is swinging back to the right and it’s the Republican Party’s turn to betray the American people for a while. Most of our opposition candidates finished below the typical five percent. But some finished second in three-way races while others garnered over 30 percent of the vote. Opposition News took a look at some of the candidates we’ve written about over the past year to see how they did on Tuesday.

Pam Goode, Constitution Party candidate for AK State Rep. She received 28.8% in a 3-way race. Image courtesy of PamGoode.com.

Candidate Spotlight - Pamela Goode, Constitution Party of Alaska

It’s worth noting that the highest vote-getter among all the independent and opposition party candidates we’ve covered over the past year and a half, and there were a lot, was the Constitution Party’s Pamela Goode (Libertarian Lucas Overby was a close 2nd in Florida with 24.8%, albeit in a two-person race). Pamela also happens to be the weekly candidate in this week’s ‘Candidate Spotlight’ on the Opposition News home page. She is the example the rest of us should follow. Pamela ran for and won a seat on her local County Board. She then helped get a second Constitution Party candidate elected to the same County Board. Then, Pamela moved up and ran for State Representative this year.

She finished second in a three-way race against a Republican and a Democrat, garnering 28.8% of the vote. Nearly every single candidate from every Opposition Party who ran for Governor, US Senate or US Representative failed to garner even 5%. Take our advice, stop running for the highest offices with no experience. Run for local office, win, and then run for higher office. Read ‘Stats reveal Flaw in 3rd Party Election Strategies’ for the evidence of why that’s the strategy we must switch to. Or just view the below results. Readers will notice a trend - the higher the office we run for, the lower our vote. The lower the office, the higher our vote.




Election results from Tuesday, November 4, 2014

 Libertarian Party

Governor – Florida

Rick Scott (R) – 48.2%

Charlie Crist (D) – 47.0%

Adrian Wyllie (L) – 3.8%

Glenn Burkett (i) – 0.7%

Farid Khavari (i) – 0.3%

PPP Polls keep leaving out Opposition Candidates in FL

Governor – Arizona

Doug Ducey (R) – 53.6%

Fred DuVal (D) – 41.6%

Barry Hess (L) – 3.8%

JL Mealer (i/AE) – 1.0%

Indy Mealer, LP Hess want Invite to AZ Gov Debates

Independent JL Mealer running for AZ Governor

US Senate – North Carolina

Thom Tillis (R) – 48.9%

Kay Hagan (D) – 47.3%

Sean Haugh (L) – 3.8%

Libertarian Candidates like Sean Hough using LP Radio

US Rep – Florida CD 13

David Jolly (R) – 75.2%

Lucas Overby (L) – 24.8%

Libertarian Overby vies for open FL CD 13 Seat

Comptroller – Illinois

Judy Baar Topinka (R) – 49.9%

Shelia Simon (D) – 45.4%

Julie Fox (L) – 4.8%

Libertarian Julie Fox makes 2nd run for IL Comptroller

Illinois Herald endorses 2 Greens and 1 Libertarian

State Rep – Ohio Dist 83

Robert Sprague (R) – 75%

Kevin Rettig (i) – 16%

Greg Norris (L) – 9%

Libertarian Greg Norris joins crowded OH State Rep race

US Senate – Minnesota

Al Franken (D) – 53.2%

Mike McFadden (R) – 42.9%

Steve Carlson (I) – 2.4%

Heather Johnson (L) – 1.5%

Libertarian Mom running for US Senate in Minnesota

US Senate – Montana

Steve Daines (R) – 57.9%

Amanda Curtis (D) – 39.9%

Roger Roots (L) – 2.1%

Libertarian Roots shines in Chaos of MT US Senate Race

Attorney General – Florida

Pam Bondi (R) – 55.1%

George Sheldon (D) – 42.0%

Bill Wohlsifer (L) – 2.9%

AP rules Fla AG Candidate not rich enough to Participate

 

State Senate – Dist 5 New York

Marcellino (R/C) – 57.9%

Kennedy (D) – 33.5%

Bowman (L) – 0.9%

NY GOP picks Fight with the wrong Libertarian - Gigi Bowman

 


Green Party

Governor – New York

Cuomo (D) – 54.0%

Astorino (R) – 40.6%

Hawkins (G) – 4.9%

McDermott (L) – 0.4%

Cohn (O) – 0.1%

Green Candidates stand out in New York, Texas

Greens Howie Hawkins launches Campaign for NY Governor

Governor – Colorado

John Hickenlooper (D) – 49.1%

Bob Beauprez (R) – 46.2%

Matthew Hess (L) – 1.9%

Harry Hempy (G) – 1.3%

Mike Dunafon (i) – 1.2%

Paul Fiorino (i) – 0.3%

Green State Conventions and Contested Primaries

State Senate – Maine Dist 27

Justin Alfond (D) – 66.9%

Asher Platts (G) – 18.4%

Peter Doyle (R) – 14.8%

Maine Greens triple their Candidate Slate in 3 Years

State Rep – Maine Dist 97

Erin Herbig (D) – 76.5%

Paige Brown (G) – 23.5%

Maine Greens triple their Candidate Slate in 3 Years

US Rep – IL CD 5

Mike Quigley (D) – 63.0%

Vince Kilber (R) – 30.9%

Nancy Wade (G) – 6.1%

Illinois Herald endorses 2 Greens and 1 Libertarian

Greens Wade hits Rep Quigley over TPP

US Rep – IL CD 12

Mike Bost (R) – 52.5%

Bill Enyart (D) – 41.9%

Paula Bradshaw (G) – 5.7%

Illinois Herald endorses 2 Greens and 1 Libertarian

Greens Bradshaw opposes ISIS War, polling 9%

 

US Senate – West Virginia

Capito (R) – 62.1%

Tennant (D) – 34.5%

Buckley (L) – 1.6%

Baber (M/G) – 1.2%

Hudok (C) – 0.6%

WV Greens reorganize with Mountain Party

 


Constitution Party

Governor – Alaska

Walker (i) – 47.8%

Parnell (R) – 46.4%

Clift (L) – 3.0%

Myers (C) – 2.5%

Constitution Party strikes Gold in Alaska with GOP Defections

State Rep – Dist 9 Alaska

Jim Colver (R) – 57.4%

Pamela Goode (C) – 28.8%

Mabel Wimmer (D) – 13.2%

Constitution Party strikes Gold in Alaska with GOP Defections

US Senate – West Virginia

Capito (R) – 62.1%

Tennant (D) – 34.5%

Buckley (L) – 1.6%

Baber (M/G) – 1.2%

Hudok (C) – 0.6%

Constitution’s Hudok makes WV Ballot by 1 Signature


Peace & Freedom Party

 

US Rep – CA CD 44

Janice Hahn (D) – 87%

Adam Shbeita (P&F) – 13%

Lone Peace & Freedom Candidate takes on Rep Hahn

CA Peace & Freedom gets Candidate into General Election

 

Independents

Governor – Arizona

Doug Ducey (R) – 53.6%

Fred DuVal (D) – 41.6%

Barry Hess (L) – 3.8%

JL Mealer (i/AE) – 1.0%

Independent JL Mealer running for AZ Governor

US Rep – Maine CD 2

Bruce Poliquin (R) – 47.1%

Emily Cain (D) – 41.8%

Blaine Richardson (i) – 11.0%

Veterans Party supports Indy Richardson in ME CD 2

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Again, there were many more races that featured opposition party candidates Tuesday. The above are only some of the ones we've covered over the past year. For additional results, see each party's website. To all the opposition candidates above, thank you for running. Your courage and efforts are truly appreciated.

 

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