In Virginia last night, the Republican and Libertarian votes together totalled 53% – including about 8% for the Libertarian candidate. Macauliffe got 47%.
Now, not every Libertarian votes Republican – but it’s a safe bet that most of the Libertarian voters in Virginia – a state where the Libertarian party has barely gotten into single digits in the recent past – were more likely to vote Republican than Democrat.
And Republicans are pointing out that this – the Democrats pumping big money into spoilers that undercut the GOP vote – is the wave of the future.
And like so many of the most noxious trends in current politics, it got its start here in Minnesota, where in 2010 Mark Dayton was saved by a concerted Democrat effort to peel off Republicans to fake Republican Tom Horner.
Horner got 10% of the vote – just enough more of them from Republicans to hand the race to Dayton.
Minnesota’s past, America’s future?
Path for Minnesota “libertarian” candidates to get into that Bentley they’ve been looking at in the next election?
What do you think?