Go to HHH home page.
Smart Politics
 


Independence Party Sets New Records in Election 2008

Bookmark and Share

Although the number of candidates the Independence Party of Minnesota has been able to field in state legislative elections has fallen sharply during the past few election cycles, the Party enjoyed some personal bests in the 2008 elections.

At the top of the ticket, in the U.S. Senate race, the 15.2 percent won by Dean Barkley shattered the IP’s previous high mark of 5.8 percent by James Gibson in 2000 (and more than doubled Barkley’s 7.0 percent he received under the Reform Party banner in 1996).

While no Independence Party U.S. House candidate was able to eclipse Tammy Lee’s 21.0 percent mark in 2006’s 5th CD contest, two IP U.S. House candidates reached double digits for the first time in one election cycle: David Dillon received 10.6 percent in the 3rd CD and (non-IP endorsed) Bob Anderson won 10.0 percent in the 6th CD race. Only Lee and 2000 4th CD IP candidate Tom Foley (20.6 percent) had previously reached the double-digit mark.

In State House contests, the Independence Party fielded 10 candidates, slightly up from 9 candidates in 2006, but down from 27 in 2000, 26 in 2002, and 21 in 2004. The average support for IP candidates increased as well - from an all-time low of 5.7 percent in 2006 to 6.5 percent in 2008. The average vote for IP candidates is down from 9.9 percent in 2000, 10.3 percent in 2002, and 7.4 percent in 2004 in Minnesota House races.

Support for Independence Party Candidates in 2008 U.S. House Races

CD-01: Gregory Mikkelson = 4.5%
CD-03: David Dillon = 10.6%
CD-05: Bill McGaughey = 6.9%
CD-06: Bob Anderson = 10.0%

Support for Independence Party Candidates in 2008 State House Races
HD 01A: J.C. Carlson = 4.4%
HD 03A: W.D. Hamm = 5.9%
HD 04A: Sharatin Blake = 3.9%
HD 07B: Jay Cole = 6.9%
HD 11A: Dave Holman = 5.0%
HD 51A: Daniel William Sanders = 8.8%
HD 54B: Paul Gaston = 12.2%
HD 58B: Roger Smithrud = 6.3%
HD 59A: David Joseph Degrio = 4.0%
HD 59B: Ron Lischeid = 7.8%

Previous post: House DFLers Head Into 2010 With Favorable Electoral Map
Next post: Third Party Impact on the 2008 Minnesota Legislative Vote

Leave a comment


Remains of the Data

No Free Passes: States With 2 Major Party Candidates in Every US House Race

Indiana has now placed candidates from both major parties on the ballot in a nation-best 189 consecutive U.S. House races, with New Hampshire, Minnesota, Idaho, and Montana also north of 100 in a row.

Political Crumbs

Gubernatorial Highs and Lows

Two sitting governors currently hold the record for the highest gubernatorial vote ever received in their respective states by a non-incumbent: Republican Matt Mead of Wyoming (65.7 percent in 2010) and outgoing GOPer Dave Heineman of Nebraska (73.4 percent in 2006). Republican Gary Herbert of Utah had not previously won a gubernatorial contest when he notched a state record 64.1 percent for his first victory in 2010, but was an incumbent at the time after ascending to the position in 2009 after the early departure of Jon Huntsman. Meanwhile, two sitting governors hold the record in their states for the lowest mark ever recorded by a winning gubernatorial candidate (incumbent or otherwise): independent-turned-Democrat Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island (36.1 percent in 2010) and Democrat Terry McAuliffe of Virginia (47.8 percent in 2013).


An Idaho Six Pack

Two-term Idaho Republican Governor Butch Otter only polled at 39 percent in a recent PPP survey of the state's 2014 race - just four points ahead of Democratic businessman A.J. Balukoff. Otter's low numbers reflect his own struggles as a candidate (witness his weak primary win against State Senator Russ Fulcher) combined with the opportunity for disgruntled Idahoans to cast their votes for one of four third party and independent candidates, who collectively received the support of 12 percent of likely voters: Libertarian John Bujak, the Constitution Party's Steve Pankey, and independents Jill Humble and Pro-Life (aka Marvin Richardson). The six candidate options in a gubernatorial race sets an all-time record in the Gem State across the 46 elections conducted since statehood. The previous high water mark of five candidates was reached in seven previous cycles: 1902, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1914, 1966, and 2010.


more POLITICAL CRUMBS

Humphrey School Sites
CSPG
Humphrey New Media Hub

Issues />

<div id=
Abortion
Afghanistan
Budget and taxes
Campaign finances
Crime and punishment
Economy and jobs
Education
Energy
Environment
Foreign affairs
Gender
Health
Housing
Ideology
Immigration
Iraq
Media
Military
Partisanship
Race and ethnicity
Reapportionment
Redistricting
Religion
Sexuality
Sports
Terrorism
Third parties
Transportation
Voting