Clerk of U.S. House of Representatives Publishes November 2010 Election Results

Ever since 1920, the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives has been publishing a book that shows how many votes each candidate for Congress received in the preceding election. The Clerk has just published the latest volume, which is titled “Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010.” The book is interesting because it includes tables at the back, showing the vote for each house of Congress by party. These tables will not recognize a minor party candidate for Congress as a candidate of that party, unless the state prints the party’s label on the ballot. For example, Oklahoma and Tennessee have extremely easy ballot access for non-presidential independent candidates, but extremely difficult ballot access for new and minor parties. Therefore, minor party candidates in Oklahoma and Tennessee for over ten years have all been on the ballot as “independent”, so the Clerk’s tables show those votes in the Independent column, not the column of any particular party.

Even with that limitation, the 2010 chart for U.S. House lists the Libertarian Party’s national vote total as 1,002,511. The Clerk’s tables have credited the Libertarian Party with over 1,000,000 votes for U.S. House in five elections now. Besides 2010, they are: 2000 1,610,292; 2002 1,030,189; 2004 1,040,465; and and 2008 1,083,096. The Clerk’s booklet has never credited any other party (besides the Democrats and Republicans) with as many as 1,000,000 votes for U.S. House. The Progressive Party had over 1,000,000 votes for U.S. House in 1912, but the booklet didn’t exist back then. Thanks to Thomas Jones for the news about the book.


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  1. Kind of a bummer that with all that “TEA Party” stuff going on the LP actually lost dround in 2010.

  2. ANTI-Democracy gerrymander stats for ALL of the world to see.

    UNEQUAL votes for each robot party hack winner.

    UNEQUAL total votes in each gerrymander area – State or part of a State.

    P.R. for ALL legislative bodies – to SAVE DEMOCRACY — from the worse and worse powermad robot left/right party hack gerrymander monarchs/oligarchs.

  3. #1, remember, the turnout in presidential years is usually about 40% higher than in a midterm year. Percentagewise the LP did better in 2010 than in 2008.

  4. #6, the answer is Californian Carlos A. Rodriguez, in the 28th district (Hollywood). He got 8.05% while running against both a Democrat and a Republican.

  5. #6 But what was the number of votes that Rodriguez recieved? I know that some cndidates may have gotten some good percentages, but didn’t get the highest vote total of the nationwide libertarian candidates.

  6. #7, Rodriguez got 12,304 votes. Also in 2010, a Libertarian running for US House in Arizona against both a
    Dem and a Rep got more votes (14,869) but a lower percentage, 6.55%. Also in 2010 in Indiana, a Libertarian running against a Dem and a Rep got 18,266 votes, but that was also a lower percentage, 7.73%. And two Libertarians in Ohio in 2010 also got more votes (against a Dem and a Rep), 16,259 and 14,585, but again lower percentages.

  7. The FEC will likely have its version of the 2010 stats in July, 2011 — with primary stats — i.e. the many UN-opposed party hacks later elected.

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  9. According to the Libertarian Party (LP News, January 2011), the actual number of votes for U.S. House Libertarian candidates was 1,063,653 votes.

    The important thing though is that, according to LP News, January 2011: “Seventeen U.S. House candidates got over 5% of the vote, in races with both a Republican and a Democrat. We’re not aware of any past election in which so many Libertarians passed that threshold. Three Libertarians passed 5% in 2008, one in 2006, and two in 2004.”

    Some other interesting figures from LP News:

    * Pamela Brown, running for lieutenant Governor of California, got 574,640 votes. That is the second-highest vote count in history for a Libertarian running against both a Republican and a Democrat. (The highest was Ed Clark’s 1980 presidential candidacy. He received about 921,000 votes).

    * Among U.S. Senate candidates, Rebecca Sink-Burris of Indiana received the highest percentage, 5.4%. The late David Nolan of Arizona received 4.7%. They are the first Libertarian U.S. Senate candidates running against both a Democrat and a Republican to get more than 4% of the vote since 2000. (In 2000, Libertarian Carla Howell ran for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts (against both a Republican and a Democrat) and got 11.88% of the vote.)

    * Among candidates for U.S. House, the highest vote-getter was Christopher Dwyer of Missouri. He received 46,817 votes (22.3%) running against a Republican.

    * The highest percentage went to Angelia O’Dell of Oklahoma. She received 45,646 votes (23.2%) running against a Republican. (Because of Oklahoma’s harsh ballot access laws, O’Dell appeared on the ballot as an independent.)

    * Rex Bell of Indiana got 20.79% running for the state legislature against both a Republican and a Democrat, Tim Mullen of Pennsylvania got 14.91% running for the state legislature against both a Republican and a Democrat.

  10. wasn’t the highest vote total for a congressional candidate runnng in a 3-way race out there in Montana, where the candidate received over 20,000 votes in a race with a Democrat and Republican? Most congressional districts should be roughly the same size population wise.

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  12. #13, good catch. When I reviewed my election returns, I forgot to look at the candidates running for at-large seats.

  13. 1/2 votes x 1/2 gerrymander areas = 1/4 CONTROL.

    Donkeys lost about ALL of the marginal gerrymander districts in 2010 — after winning them in 2006 and 2008.

    More ANTI-Democracy EVIL minority rule gerrymanders in 2012 — regardless of the brain dead SCOTUS math retards and the worse know- it- all super brain dead media.

    P.R. and App.V.

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  15. #13 NO limit on the fewest People in the smallest State — currently WY.

    Due to the math of the *method of equal proportions* a small State may have just a bit UNDER 1.414 (square root of 2) of the average and NOT get the next gerrymander seat — as was the case for MT in the 2000 Census and again for the 2010 Census.

    MEP — used to equalize the Pop/Seats ratios of all of the States — after the first 50 seats.

  16. History note – the EVIL corrupt Congress in 1921-1922 did NOT have a re-apportionment of the then 435 Rep. seats among the then 48 States — i.e. a blatant subversion of 14th Amdt, Sec. 2 in the 1922-1930 gerrymander elections.

    — a contributing factor to the 1929-1941 Great Depression I and even perhaps World War II.

    There was MAJOR shifting around in 1911-1920 due to LOTS more cars and World War I.

  17. Gee – what gerrymander Rep got the LOWEST number of votes — versus the HIGHEST number of votes ???

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