[extropy-chat] the secrets of George Bush's war service revealed

Matthew Gingell gingell at gnat.com
Mon Aug 9 13:26:06 UTC 2004

On Sun, Aug 08, 2004 at 02:14:42PM +0200, Eugen Leitl wrote:
> Has LP ever achieved over 1% in the US at any point in its history?

Yes; In 1980 Edward Clark managed 921,128 votes for 1.06% of the popular vote, but 
this wasn't enough to get him anything in the electoral college.

They actually swung one electoral vote in 1972 in Virginia - the year of McGovern's
historic 17 to 521 loss to Richard Nixon. Of course they did it with 3,674 votes when
a Nixon elector defected and cast his vote for John Hospers, so this was a bit of a

Big years for 3rd parties were 1968 when George Wallace took the deep South for the 
American Independants, and Ross Perot taking 20% of the popular vote with nearly 20 
million ballets cast as an independent in 1992. 

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