I’ve a little bit of a different take on the relevance of Libertarian Virginia gubernatorial candidate Robert Sarvis’s showing in a recent PPP poll.
It’s a bit refreshing to see a bona fide third-party candidate tossed into the polling mix. It forces folks to pay at least some attention to messages and candidates they would otherwise prefer to ignore (and let us never forget that Russ Potts was included in gubernatorial polls through most of the 2005 campaign even though he never rose above the margin of error).
That Sarvis is polling seven percent according to PPP is quite a surprise. Has the Libertarian moment we’ve been told, repeatedly and for many years, finally arrive?
The last Libertarian gubernatorial candidate to appear on the ballot, Bill Redpath, earned 0.77 percent of the vote. Granted, that was 12 years ago and Virginia has changed markedly since then. But it has not become more Libertarian.
Quite the opposite.
Norman Leahy blogs at Bearing Drift. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.