D.C.’s Newest Major Party: Libertarians
Move over, Democrats, Republicans, and Statehood Greens.
The Libertarian Party became the fourth political organization to hold major party status in D.C. tonight, with Bruce Majors winning enough votes in his losing challenge to Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton to get the party officially recognized as such by the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics. He needed 7,500, which he cleared easily with 83 percent of the vote counted: By 10:56 p.m., Majors had won 11,213 votes.
Major party status means the District will conduct a primary for Libertarian candidates in 2014, and that the party won't have to seek ballot access for the general election.
Majors told DCist last month that hitting the major party threshold was his "specific practical goal" in running for Norton's job. He's in no danger of defeating her; with 83 percent of the vote counted, Norton was winning by 163,000 votes, or 83 percentage points. But Majors was vastly outperforming the guy at the top of his party's ticket, Gary Johnson: The former New Mexico governor had managed only 874 votes in the presidential race by the time Majors had already won 7,326.