Constitution Party's Election Report

SageTheRage

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...FWIW:my reason for this post is to show that 3rd party candidates are indeed gaining momentum & "name recognition"; perhaps we can turn the tide of this country next election (right, in my dreams :shk: I know!)...

CONSTITUTION PARTY GAINS STRENGTH WITH PEROUTKA/BALDWIN TICKET - By Bill Shearer, Former Constitution Party National Chairman


The Constitution Party was the only alternative party that increased it's vote totals significantly this year compared to the 2000 election.

Constitution Party members have cause to celebrate! Their 2004 presidential ticket of Michael Peroutka for President and Dr. Chuck Baldwin for Vice President received 34% more votes this year than in the previous election.

In the Presidential race, the Peroutka-Baldwin ticket received 135,260 votes compared to 101,278 for the Constitution Party's 2000 candidate, Howard Phillips. The increase in Peroutka's tally is particularly significant when compared to the decline in voter support for other minor parties and candidates. Ralph Nader and the presidential ticket of the Green party received FEWER votes in 2004 than in 2000. The Constitution Party's vote was up 33 percent, while the combined Nader-Green Party vote declined 83 percent, and the Libertarian vote increased a mere 1 percent.

The Constitution Party's Peroutka-Baldwin ticket was on the ballot in 36 states and was qualified as a write-in for 8 more states. Peroutka's largest vote total came from California, where he received 21,057 votes. The largest percentages of total vote recorded for the Peroutka/Baldwin ticket came from Utah, Alaska, and Idaho.

CONSTITUTION PARTY CANDIDATE RICK JORE WINS SEAT IN MONTANA LEGISLATURE

Rick Jore, of the Montana Constitution Party won a seat in the State House of Representatives in the November 2, 2004 election, becoming the first State legislator in the nation to be elected on the Constitution Party ticket.

Jore is not a newcomer to the Montana Legislature. He was elected to the Montana House as a Republican in 1994, 1996, and 1998.

A leading conservative in the Montana House, Jore left the Republican Party in 2000 and joined the Constitution Party because he did not see the Republicans changing direction to restore Constitutional principles. "My concern is that the Republican Party simply takes conservatives for granted," he said. "The inclination is generally to compromise toward the Democrats. The conservatives are simply left out in the cold."

In the 2000 and 2002 elections, Jore sought to be re-elected to the legislature under the Constitution Party banner, but was defeated by fewer than 200 votes each time. This year, Jore ran again in a highly competitive three way race. Rick Jore was elected by two votes: 1,559 for Rick, 1,557 for the Democrat, and 1,108 for the Republican.

Jore of the Constitution Party returns to the Montana House of Representatives in a powerful position to determine the partisan organization of the House which has 50 Republicans, 49 Democrats, and 1 Constitution Party member, Rick Jore.

An experienced legislator, Jore will use his leverage for the benefit of conservatives and taxpayers. Meanwhile, both establishment parties are courting him, for it is he who will decide their destinies when the Legislature organizes.

CONSTITUTION PARTY STATE ELECTION HIGHLIGHTS

The Constitution Party and its State affiliates ran candidates for the U.S. Senate in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada,
Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Utah.

Richard Winger, publisher of Ballot Access News says: "I am impressed. This year, for the first time the Constitution Party has more candidates for U.S. Senator than the Green party, more candidates for Governor than the Green party, and more candidates for state legislature than the Green
Party."

Candidates of the Constitution Party, and its State affiliates, chalked up some impressive vote totals in the 2004 election.

Here are a few of the highlights:



PENNSYLVANIA (State Affiliate is the Constitution Party of PA) Jim Clymer, Constitution Party national chairman, received 214,837 votes for U.S. Senator, in his race for the seat of liberal Republican incumbent Arlen Specter. Specter spent much of his campaign time denouncing Clymer, and President George Bush was so concerned about Clymer that he sent letters to many Pennsylvania Republicans urging them to vote for "my friend" Arlen Specter.

NEVADA (State Affiliate is the Independent American Party of NV) In Nevada, Las Vegas attorney Joel Hansen of the Independent American Party
received 197,934 votes for Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court. Running against an incumbent, Hansen secured over 27 percent of the vote. The establishment politicians and media were so afraid of a Hansen victory that they deluged the State with negative attacks on him during the final days of the campaign.

Two Independent American Party candidates for the Nevada State Legislature made impressive showings. Mark Andrews received almost 36 percent of the vote for a seat in the State Assembly; and Cathie Profant nearly 31 percent for a seat in the State Senate. Voter registration in the Independent American Party has doubled since the fall months of 2003. IAP registration was then 15,754. Today that registration has grown to 31,517, almost 3 percent of the total statewide voter registration. The IAP is the third largest political party in Nevada, and remains ballot qualified for the 2006 election.

IDAHO (State Affiliate is the Constitution Party of Idaho) Idaho is another State in which the Constitution Party remains ballot qualified. In the 2004 Idaho legislative races, several Constitution Party candidates made impressive showings: Gary Schulte in district 2, 26 percent; Marvin Richardson in district 11, 22 percent; Warren Yadon in district 27, 17 percent; and Anthony Stevens in district 34, 14 percent.



MICHIGAN (State Affiliate is the U.S. Taxpayers Party of Michigan) In Michigan, to maintain ballot qualified status, a statewide candidate of the U.S. Taxpayers Party was required to receive at least 17,003 votes in the 2004 election. All of the party's statewide candidates far exceeded this total. Crystal Van Sickle, running for the Michigan State Board of Trustees, received 129,845 votes. Gail Graeser and Stephanie Poortenga received 92,854 and 79,463 votes respectively for the State Board of Education. Karen Adams and Joe Sanger received 144,968 and 73,618 votes respectively for the University of Michigan Board of Regents; and Philip Adams received 97,627 votes for the Wayne State Board of Governors.

Joe Sanger of Michigan, the Constitution Party National Treasurer, is elated with the results, saying: "Our leading statewide candidate doubled the number of votes received by our leading statewide candidate of two years ago. In most races we did better than the Greens and Libertarians."

UTAH (State Affiliate is the Constitution Party of Utah) Utah gave presidential nominee Michael Peroutka the highest percentage of the vote that he received in any State. Gary Van Horn, the Utah Constitution Party's nominee for U.S. Senator received 16,348 votes, just 286 short of the number needed to keep the party on the ballot without petitioning again in 2006. In at least two legislative districts, the Constitution Party candidates received more votes than the difference between the winning Democrats and the losing Republicans "Those two losses by the GOP, will not go unnoticed by the liberal GOP leaders," says Frank Fluckiger, Utah Constitution Party State Chairman.

SPECIAL NOTICE:
Many may be wondering why this election report wasn't available 2 weeks ago. The results were just recently obtained because State Elections Officials only worry about counting and reporting votes for the R's and D's on election day. But when they go back to certify the election results they finally keep a close watch on the alternative parties' vote tallies . Although it has been well over two weeks since the election, the totals reported above still do not include all the write-in votes and some absentee votes, so the final numbers will actually be a little higher.
 

Bearded Weirdo

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UTAH (State Affiliate is the Constitution Party of Utah) Utah gave presidential nominee Michael Peroutka the highest percentage of the vote that he received in any State. Gary Van Horn, the Utah Constitution Party's nominee for U.S. Senator received 16,348 votes, just 286 short of the number needed to keep the party on the ballot without petitioning again in 2006. <b>In at least two legislative districts, the Constitution Party candidates received more votes than the difference between the winning Democrats and the losing Republicans "Those two losses by the GOP, will not go unnoticed by the liberal GOP leaders," says Frank Fluckiger, Utah Constitution Party State Chairman.</b>
I'm also sure it will not go unnoticed by Democratic Party leaders. I wonder if donations to the Constitution Party will increase by Democratic leaning donors?
 
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