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How could Libertarians impact the election?

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News 

For the first time in 20 years, Alabama voters will see Libertarian candidates and some three-person contests on their Nov. 8 General Election ballots.

There are more than 50 Libertarians running for office, including U.S. Senate and governor, and legislative seats.

Libertarian leadership said the party wanted to get candidates in as many races as possible this cycle.

It’s been a bit since we’ve seen three-person races on a November ballot, so let’s review the rules. While a third-party candidate in Georgia could force a General Election runoff between Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker, that can’t happen here. Unlike in primary elections, Alabama doesn’t have runoffs in General Elections. Plurality wins, Secretary of State John Merrill said.

There are 11 Libertarians running for state Senate and 27 seeking House seats, including in one of the more competitive legislative races between a Republican and Democrat.

The House District 10 seat is open because of the retirement of long-time Republican Rep. Mike Ball. Republican David Cole and Democrat Marilyn Lands have both raised significant amounts of money in their campaigns for the Madison County district that Ball has said is now more purple than when he was first elected. Elijah Boyd is the Libertarian. He has not filed any campaign finance reports.

“That race may be so close that the Libertarian candidate does make a difference,” said Jess Brown, a retired Athens State University political science professor.

While Libertarians’ limited government message may resonate with some voters, especially Republicans, Brown said they largely haven’t had the money or manpower to spread that message this cycle.

Without a lot of competitive races at the top of the ballot, Brown doesn’t expect a high voter turnout Nov. 8.

“(District 10) could be so close, a token number of votes could decide who is the plurality winner,”  Brown said.

Many of us learned in June during the Tom Whatley/Jay Hovey State Senate saga that tied primary races can be settled by a coin flip. What happens if there is a tie in a statewide or legislative race in the General Election?

Per 17-12-22 of the Code of Alabama, the Legislature “by joint vote” selects the winner. That’s never happened, Merrill said.

Other legislative races with three candidates on ballot:

  • HD41, where incumbent Republican Corley Ellis faces Democrat Chris Nelson and Libertarian Matthew Gregory Morris Jr.
  • HD43, where incumbent Republican Arnold Mooney faces Democrat Prince Cleveland and Libertarian Jason Newell Davis Burr.
  • House District 57, vacated by Merika Coleman who is running for state Senate, the candidates are Republican Delor Baumann, Democrat Patrick Sellers and Libertarian Manijeh Nancy Jones.
  • In Senate District 23, Republican Michael Nimmer, Democrat Robert Stewart and Libertarian Portia Shepherdare running for the seat vacated this year by Sen. Malika Sanders-Fortier.
  • In Senate District 29, incumbent Republican Donnie Chesteen faces Republican Nathan Mathis and Libertarian Floyd “Pete” McBroom.


Updated Race Charts

With 13 days to go until Election Day, here are the updated races for Congress, constitutional offices, House of Representatives and Senate. The Libertarian candidates have been certified by the Secretary of State and will be on the ballot.

U.S. Congress

U.S. SenateKatie BrittWill BoydJohn Sophocleus
U.S. House, AL-1Jerry Carl (i)-Alexander Remrey
U.S. House, AL-2Barry Moore (i)Phylliss Harvey-HallJonathan Realz
U.S. House, AL-3Mike Rogers (i)Lin VeasleyThomas SickofDC Casson
U.S. House, AL-4Robert Aderholt (i)Rick NeighborsJohnny C. Cochran
U.S. House, AL-5Dale StrongKathy Warner-StantonP.J. Greer
U.S. House, AL-6Gary Palmer-Jason Clark
U.S. House, AL-7Beatrice NicholsTerri Sewell (i)Gavin Goodman

Constitutional Offices

GovernorKay Ivey (i)Yolanda FlowersJames "Jimmy" Blake
Lt. GovernorWill Ainsworth (i)-Ruth Paige Nelson
Attorney GeneralSteve MarshallWendell Major-
Secretary of StateWes AllenPamela J. LaffitteJason "Matt" Shelby
State TreasurerYoung Boozer (i)-Scott Hammond
State AuditorAndrew Sorrell-Leigh Lachine
Ag CommissionerRick Pate (i)-Jason Clark
Supreme Court Place 1Greg CookAnita Kelly-
PSC Place 1Jeremy Oden (i)-Ron Bishop
PSC Place 2Chip Beeker (i)-Laura Lane
Board of Education Place 2Tracie West (i)--
Board of Education Place 4-Yvette Richardson (i)-
Board of Education Place 6Marie Manning--
Board of Education Place 7-Gavin Goodman
Board of Education Place 8Wayne Reynolds(i)--

Alabama House

1Phillip Pettus (i)
2Ben Harrison
3Kerry UnderwoodWesley Thompson
4Parker Moore (i)
5Danny Crawford (i)
6Andy Whitt (i)Greg Turner
7Ernie YarbroughMose Jones, JrMarc Durocher
8Terri Collins (i)Angela Walser
9Scott Stadthagen (i)Gregory Bodine
10David ColeMarilyn LandsElijah Boyd
11Randall Shedd (i)
12Corey Harbison (i)James Fields
13Matt WoodsMark Davenport
14Tim Wadsworth (i)
15Leigh HulseyRichard Rouco
16Kyle South (i)
17Tracy Estes (i)
18Jamie Kiel (i)Talia Shimp
19Laura Hall (i)
20James Lomax
21Rex Reynolds (i)
22Ritchie Whorton (i)
23Mike Kirkland
24Nathaniel Ledbetter (i)
25Phillip RigsbyMallory Hagan
26Brock ColvinBen Alford
27Wes Kitchens (i)Herb Neu
28Mac Butler
29Mark GidleyClifford Foy Valentin
30Craig Lipscomb (i)
31Troy Stubbs
32Evan JacksonBarbara Boyd (i)
33Ben Robbins (i)Fred Crum
34David Standridge (i)
35Steve Hurst (i)
36Randy Wood (i)
37Bob Fincher (i)
38Debbie Wood (i)Charles Temm Jr.
39Ginny Shaver (i)
40Chad RobertsonPam Howard
41Corley Ellis (i)Chris NelsonMatthew Gregory Morris Jr.
42Van Smith (i)Doug Ward
43Arnold Mooney (i)Prince ClevelandJason Newell Davis Burr
44Danny Garrett (i)John Wiley Boone
45Susan DuBoseKari Mitchell Whitaker
46David Faulkner (i)
47Mike ShawChristian Coleman
48Jim Carns (i)Bruce Stutts
49Russell Bedsole (i)
50Jim Hill (i)
51Allen Treadaway (i)
52John Rogers (i)
53Anthony Daniels (i)
54Neil Rafferty (i)
55Fred “Coach” Plump
56Ontario TillmanCarson Lester
57Delor BaumannPatrick Sellers Manijeh Nancy Jones
58Rolanda Hollis (i)
59Mary Moore (i)
60Juandalynn Givan (i)PJ French
61Ron BoltonDamon Pruet
62Bill LambBrenda Cephus
63Cynthia Almond (i)Samuel Adams
64Donna GivensJeff May
65Brett Easterbrook (i)Marcus Caster
66Alan Baker (i)
67Prince Chestnut (i)
68Fred KelleyThomas Jackson (i)
69Karla Knight MaddoxKelvin Lawrence (i)
70Chris England (i)
71A.J. McCampbell
72Curtis Travis
73Kenneth Paschal (i)
74Charlotte Meadows (i)Phillip Ensler
75Reed Ingram (i)
76Penni McClammy (i)Scott Manges
77Tashina Morris (i)
78Kenyatte Hassell (i)
79Joe Lovvorn (i)Amanda Frison
80Chris Blackshear (i)
81Ed Oliver (i)
82Lennora "Tia" PierrotPebblin Warren (i)
83Jeremy Gray (i)
84Berry Forte (i)
85Payne HendersonDexter Grimsley (i)
86Paul Lee (i)
87Jeff Sorrells (i)
88Jerry StarnesJustin “Tyler” May
89Marcus Paramore
90Chris Sells (I)
91Rhett Marques (i)
92Matthew HammettSteve Hubbard
93Steve Clouse (i)
94Jennifer FidlerMargaret “Maggie” Helveston
95Frances Holk-JonesRichard Brackner
96Matt Simpson (i)
97Adline Clarke (i)
98Napoleon Bracy (i)
99Sam Jones (i)
100Mark ShireyPeyton Warren
101Chris Pringle (i)
102Shane Stringer (i)
103Barbara Drummond
104Margie Wilcox (i)Jon Dearman
105Chip Brown (i)Mark Lewis

Alabama Senate

1Tim Melson (i)
2Tom Butler (i)Kim Lewis
3Arthur Orr (i)Rick Chandler
4Garlan Gudger (i)
5Greg Reed (i)
6Larry Stutts (i)Kyle Richard- Garrison
7Sam Givhan (i)Korey Wilson
8Steve Livingston (i)
9Clay Scofield (i)
10Andrew Jones (i)
11Lance Bell
12Keith KelleyDanny McCullars
13Randy Price (i)
14April Weaver (i)
15Dan Roberts (i)Michael Crump
16Jabo Waggoner (i)
17Shay Shelnutt (i)John Fortenberry
18Rodger Smitherman (i)
19Merika ColemanDanny Wilson
20Linda Coleman-Madison (i)
21Gerald Allen (i)Lisa Ward
22Greg Albritton (i)
23Michael NimmerRobert StewartPortia Shepherd
24Bobby Singleton (i)Richard Benderson
25Will Barfoot (i)Louie Albert Woolbright
26Kirk Hatcher (i)
27Jay HoveySherri Reese
28Billy Beasley (i)David Boatwright
29Donnie Chesteen (i)Nathan Mathis Floyd “Pete” McBroom
30Clyde Chambliss (i)
31Josh Carnley
32Chris Elliott (i)
33Peter Riehm Vivian Figures (i)
34Jack Williams (i)
35David Sessions (i)Clifton Hudson


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