(Heartland Newsfeed) — Libertarian and alternative candidates as of recent have made some serious moves in the past several weeks and it has become apparent that the voting public is seeking an alternative to the Democratic and Republican political machines.
Illinois gubernatorial race
In Illinois, Libertarian
gubernatorial nominee Kash Jackson
and Conservative Party nominee Sam McCann
have appeared in five consecutive polls dating back to late June.
In the June poll
from Victory Research, Jackson polled at 2% while McCann polled at 5%. At the time, Democratic nominee JB Pritzker
had a 15-point lead over Republican incumbent Bruce Raune
r. A recent poll
published narrows the spread to 11% with a 4-point increase for McCann. In both polls from Victory, the undecided percentage has kept steady at 18%.
A July poll
from Illinois Public Opinion paid for by Pritzker’s campaign declared a 13-point spread between Rauner and Pritzker, McCann at 10% and Jackson 1%. The real headline: 23% of the 423 individuals polls were undecided.
An internal poll from McCann’s campaign
held in late July reflected the same 13-point spread between Rauner and Pritzker, with McCann receiving 11% and Jackson receiving 6%. 10% were undecided with 1% reflecting interest in voting for someone else, likely writing in Jeanne Ives.
Finally, the most recent poll
from Marist College reports a 16-point spread between the two major party candidates with Jackson polling higher than McCann 6% compared to 4%, with 2% considering other options and 13% undecided.
The polling may be subject to change as Jackson appears before the editorial boards of the Chicago Tribune
, Chicago Sun-Times and the Springfield State Journal-Register and begin his journey across all 102 counties during the months of September and October.
Wisconsin gubernatorial race
In two consecutive polls
done by Marquette University, Libertarian candidate Phil Anderson
has been the only candidate among five alternative candidates who has been earning returns of 6% to 7%.
Anderson received 6% among a pool of 601 likely voters with the race deadlocked at 46% between Republican incumbent Scott Walker
and Democratic opponent Tony Evers
. 2% of those polled did not have a preference.
Anderson would receive 7% among a pool of 800 registered voters with a two-point lead for Walker, 46%-44% with 3% undecided.
New Mexico U.S. Senate race
Who knew that the most liked and most hated liberty-loving, fiscally responsible two-time Libertarian presidential nominee
would be polling so highly?
Even when Gary Johnson
wasn’t running for office — while Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn
was the nominee — he was polling highly in several polls.
A hypothetical head-to-head poll
in late July by Lux Research had Johnson defeating Democratic incumbent Martin Heinrich
42% to 40%.
Five consecutive polls from NSON Opinion Strategy
, The Tarrance Group
, GBA Strategies
, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner
and Emerson College
have delivered high returns for Johnson, his lowest being 17% and highest being 24%.
The August 17-18 poll from Emerson College had Johnson in a 10-point lead in second place over Republican candidate Mick Rich
, who has been of late an absentee candidate in the race.