The Libertarian Party of Iowa qualifies for major party status

Iowa now has three official major political parties. Libertarians join Republicans and Democrats on this list after their gubernatorial candidate garnered enough votes to qualify for major party status in the ballot. “We don’t feel like we lost,” Stewart said. “We were in the ring with two big gorillas, the Republicans and the Democrats. We sneaked into the ring and we survived. This is not a loss. That’s a win.” Libertarian candidate Rick Stewart received nearly 2.4% of all the votes cast for governor. That’s about 680,000 votes missing to win the race, but it’s more than enough votes to give Iowa libertarians the status of a major party candidate,” Stewart said. “We’re going to be recruiting more active libertarians…we going to have a lot more door knockers, a lot more phone callers, a lot more letters to the editor, all that kind of energy that comes from being a major. That’s our job.” To retain that status, future Libertarian candidates for governor and However, President also received at least 2% of the vote. Iowa Libertarian Party leader Jules Cutler says she’s confident her party can keep the momentum going,” Cutler said. “The lesser of two evils got us to this one position.” But when the Iowa Libertarians first achieved major party status, they failed to maintain it in the following election cycle. In 2016, the libertarian P Presidential candidate Gary Johnson 3.8% of the vote in Iowa. But when the Libertarian candidate for Iowa governor failed to get 2% of the vote in 2018, the Iowa Libertarians lost major party status. Cutler argues that the current political climate is ripe for an emerging third party, and she hopes more Iowans will start registering libertarians. “The other two parties seem to be going to extremes, I think, and have been for a while,” Cutler said. “The problem is that these extremes are getting more extreme every year and I think people who are in the middle are looking for a home and we welcome them.”

Iowa now has three official major political parties. Libertarians join Republicans and Democrats on this list after their gubernatorial candidate garnered enough votes to qualify for major party status.

Although Libertarian candidate Rick Stewart lost his race, he made history as the first Libertarian candidate for Iowa governor to win more than 2% of the vote.

“We don’t feel like we lost,” Stewart said. “We were in the ring with two big gorillas, the Republicans and the Democrats. We sneaked into the ring and we survived. This is not a loss. That’s a win.”

Libertarian nominee Rick Stewart received nearly 2.4% of all the votes cast for governor. That’s about 680,000 votes short of winning the race, but more than enough votes to give Libertarians major party status in Iowa.

“We’re going to have a lot more candidates on the ballot in two years because it’s a lot easier for us to nominate candidates,” Stewart said. “We’re going to recruit more active libertarians … we’re going to have a lot more door knockers, a lot more phone callers, a lot more letters to the editor, all that kind of energy that comes from being a major party.” We can pass that on.”

However, to retain that status, prospective Libertarian candidates for governor and president must also receive at least 2% of the vote.

Iowa Libertarian Party leader Jules Cutler says she’s confident her party can keep the momentum going.

“What I think adds to our popularity, besides having a very active candidate, is that people are tired of voting and choosing between the two evils,” Cutler said. “The lesser of two evils has brought us to this position.”

But when the Iowa Libertarians first achieved major party status, they failed to maintain it in the following election cycle.

In 2016, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson received 3.8% of the vote in Iowa. But when the Libertarian candidate for Iowa governor failed to get 2% of the vote in 2018, the Iowa Libertarians lost major party status.

Cutler argues that the current political climate is ripe for an emerging third party, and she hopes more Iowans will start registering libertarians.

“The other two parties seem to be going to extremes, I think, and have been for a while,” Cutler said. “The problem is that these extremes are getting more extreme every year and I think people who are in the middle are looking for a home and we welcome them.”

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