"Libertarians always run far more people for congressional and state legislative seats across the nation than do the Greens, Constitution Party, or any other third party," he said.
Some libertarians choose not to register with the Libertarian Party, either because they don’t like party labels or so they can participate in the nominating contests held by the major parties.
Since those catch-all categories were large, we picked a couple of states to look in more detail at third-party registrations.
In California, there were 477,129 registered with the American Independent Party.
Ballot Access News showed in 2008 there were 240,328 Libertarians, compared with 325,807 in 2012, an increase of about 36 percent.
But their power lies not in electing Libertarians but more in the libertarian philosophy making inroads with the GOP.
Some New York voters wrongly think they are registering as independents, according to the .
In 2012, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson received about 1.3 million votes -- more than any other third-party candidate.
Libertarians "do have influence beyond their size, because libertarian ideas appeal to people on both left and right," said Shaun Bowler, a political science professor at the University of California.
Our ruling The Libertarian Party in Broward said on its website that the Libertarian Party "is the third-largest political party in the U.
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In politics -- or any blood sport -- it’s rare to hear a team proudly chant, "We’re No. S." We wanted to explore the numbers and the power of the Libertarian Party. We’ve looked at the numbers of Libertarians in the past. Rand Paul -- a Kentucky Republican with a libertarian outlook -- makes headlines as a potential 2016 presidential contender, it seemed like a good time to revisit the numbers.
In other words, though the Libertarian Party generally supports marijuana legalization, Proposition 64 (as propositions usually are) has a lot more in it than simply marijuana legalization and it's this extra stuff that the Libertarian Party does not support.