On November 6, it appears that seventeen independent candidates were elected to state legislatures. They include one in Georgia, four in Maine, one in Rhode Island, six in South Carolina, one in Tennessee, and four in Vermont.
The four in Vermont were Will Stevens, Paul Poirier, Adam Greshin, and Charles “Tim” Goodwin.
The one in Georgia was Rusty Kidd.
The winner in Tennessee was Kent Williams.
The winners in South Carolina were Katrina Shealy (State Senate); and Raye Felder, Samuel Rivers, Mike Ryhal, Robert Ridgeway, and Kevin Hardee.
The winner in Rhode Island was Edward J. O’Neill (State Senate).
The winners in Maine are Ben Chipman, James Campbell, Jeffrey Evangelos, and Joseph Brooks. Thanks to Peter Moody for help with the Maine list, and to Thomas Jones for the helpful referral to the web page of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Summing up the November 2012 election, 8 minor party nominees and 17 independents won legislative races, for a total of 25, the largest such number since Ballot Access News has been in existence, and probably the highest such number since the 1940’s.