The Kentucky Libertarian Party has completed its petition for U.S. Senate. The nominee, David Patterson, has 9,000 signatures. The party has already checked the validity of its own petition and finds more than 6,000 names are valid. The requirement is 5,000.
This is the first time a minor party or independent candidate has qualified for a U.S. Senate election in Kentucky since 1998, when the Reform Party, which was ballot-qualified that year and didn’t need a petition for any of its nominees, ran Charles Arbegust. Arbegust’s vote total, 12,546, was not especially impressive, but it did prevent anyone from receiving a majority of the vote. In that 1998 election, Republican Jim Bunning won with 569,817 votes, and the Democratic nominee, Scotty Baesler, received 563,051.