Where Major Gubernatorial Candidates Couldn't Convince Voters, Libertarians Covered the Spread


Tuesday night saw control of the Senate move to the Republicans after a string of victories for seats presently held by Democrats but around the country—in thirty six states—the governor's office was up for election too. About a fifth of those races saw the party in power lose control, including in "deep blue" states like Maryland and Massachusetts where Republicans will replace departing Democrats, and Illinois, where incumbent Pat Quinn lost to Republican Bruce Rauner. In Vermont, meanwhile, Democrat Pete Shumlin failed to secure 50 percent of the vote, meaning the state legislature will choose the next governor. Some Republicans blame Dan Feliciano, the Libertarian candidate, who received about 4.4 percent of the vote, for their candidate not reaching 50 percent.

Check out the graphic below:

Gubernatorial Election Map
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Note: This graphic has been edited to accurately display which libertarians covered the spread.