Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, Virgil Goode, Rocky Anderson, et. al: How Did They Do?

So how are the other candidates doing? Other candidates? No, not the senate or house folks, but the other presidential candidates.

Yes, there are actually people who aren't in the two main parties who have their own ideas about fixing this country, who had the courage to run for president. Number 3, behind Obama and Romney, was Gary Johnson, a Libertarian who had 348,000 votes by 9:47 p.m. Not bad for raising only $1 million bucks.

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Johnson backs abolishing the IRS, legalizing marijuana and creating alternate currencies. He's a triathlete who has climbed Mt. Everest, and he started his own multimillion dollar construction company.

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Jill Stein, a Green Party candidate who backs job creation through environmental initiatives, was running fourth with 98,000 votes.

Virgil Goode, great name by the way, the conservative party candidate and former Virginia congressman with basically three staffers, got 31,230 votes.

Roseanne Barr, the comedian who says 'the war on drugs is just plain crazy,' won 10,000 votes.

Randall Terry, an anti-abortion activist, got 8,700 votes.

Rocky Anderson, another great name, a former Salt Lake CIty mayor and a lawyer who skews liberal, got 7,800 votes.

Richard Duncan, an Ohio ex-postal worker who wants to avert nuclear attacks by terrorists, got 6,400 votes.

Tom Stevens, the "objectivist" party candidate and a historian, got 3,500 votes.

Stewart Alexander, the socialist party USA candidate, got 2,000 votes.

Pete Lindsay, an anti war activist, got 1,520 votes.

Merlin Miller, who says 'are you tired of the two-party system,' got 1,475 votes.

Tom Hoelfing, not such a great name, the America's party candidate who says 'I don't want your money,' got just over 1,000 votes.

And then we come to Jeff Boss, our favorite candidate who believes the National Security Agency paid people off to allow the 9/11 attacks to happen. He got 263 votes. Impressive!

Still waiting to hear whether my friend, Boston Steve, voted for my friend Texas Mike. That would be one vote for him, and we have to say, one vote for America.

Seriously, when we consider this election, we have to think about why things are so polarized between the dems and gop. maybe, just maybe the solution is more legit political parties. You have to give it to these folks for trying. Maybe there are others with better qualifications willing to give it a shot.

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This article contains an error. The was no "Pete Lindsay" running. There was Peta Lindsay, the candidate of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, who is indeed an anti-war activist.




People ought to learn more about Gary Johnson, and what he's all about.


=>Since Gary Johnson and libertarianism is the only real Third Party choice our gangrenous democracy allows us, it’s time we took a serious look at him — and it’s not pretty, folks. Because if you poke beneath the facade, what you find is a sponge absorbing just about every bad right-wing idea, and a campaign mixed up with some of the most loathsome GOP political operators of the last few decades.<=



Mother Nature also voted for Dr. Jill Stein.   The October surprise.  For years the Green Party has been saying we need a policy  to require PG&E to pay homeowners $0.54 kwh for feeding solar onto the grid.  

That is how Germany was able to shift to 100% solar power, plus shut down half its nukes.   Plus they created 500,000 new solar jobs & $5 billion in cash flow.  Wow!.  

Germany will shut down all its nukes by 2022,  Germany will achieve 100% solar by 2030.  China by 2050.  Japan by 2051.  Could California achieve 100% solar by 2050?  

OK, that is how the US can end global warming & stop using oil, coal, gas & nukes.    That is what the Green Party & Jill Stein has been saying for 3 years.   Petition your city for a solar pay policy like this.


I voted for Jill.  Great woman, great American. 


If the B.S. in Washington continues, we must all get behind third-party candidates.


Thanks for the rundown! Small quibble: It's actually Peta Lindsay, not Pete.

chomputer 1 Like

Imagine if they had actually let Gary Johnson debate the other two.  There are a lot of people who just want a sound economic policy, a military that protects the US without policing the rest of the world, respect for personal freedoms,  liberty, and a government that stays out of their business.  Unfortunately, the only candidate that backs those principles wasn't given the chance to be heard.


Thank you for posting this information.  I couldn't find it elsewhere, so frustrating!


Better Qualified? A two term governor and a mayor of a major city both have more executive experience and are better qualified that Obama on his first term!


More legit? How have you decided legitimate? Perhaps if your research was in good faith and that you were not so biased, you, too, could become a legit journalist.


Um...better qualifications than Gary Johnson? Try replacing the media with people who are not bias...Read Gary's bio and put his gubernatorial record up against Mitt's. You will see who ran a state better.

adam1983tt 1 Like

I like Jill, a lot. I mean, she really stands up for the views I believe in - across the board. But, I voted for Gary.

I voted for Gary because of his financial backing and most of his political views, and I saw him as a better candidate to break through the two party curtain. I am proud of both of them for taking a stand in such a polarized election, and for earning the respect of so many Americans. While, no, they hadn't reached their goals tonight, they surly raised awareness of their causes.

Even as a non-party affiliated voter, who viewed both candidates as viable alternatives to the mainstream, I still had to make a "lesser-of-the-two-evils" decision. But because of their determination this election season, I might not have to make that difficult decision in the future.

And for that, I say: Thank you Jill, and thank you, Gary! And I'll even give a shout-out to one of my favorite raucous comediennes, Rosie Barr! You sure gave 'em Hell tonight!


 @adam1983tt I stuck with Jill, but almost went for Gary as he seemed to be getting the most traction of all the third-party candidates. It will be interesting to see what happens going forward.


With more and more people registering independent or NPA, odds are they will move to a third-party. If independents, moderates, and the totally disillusioned join forces, things might really change for the better.


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it doesn't even matter if they win the majority unless they also win the electoral votes needed to win

ohnostudio 1 Like

I voted for Gary. He did some good work in New Mexico. 

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