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Cheyenne, Wyoming Newspaper Story on the Country Party

Published on November 24, 2012, by in General.

The Cheyenne, Wyoming daily newspaper, the Tribune Eagle, has this story about the Country Party. The article devotes a fair amount of space commenting on Wyoming’s ballot access law. The County Party polled 2.5% for U.S. Senate, but under 2% for U.S. House. The law says a party only retains its spot in a presidential election year if it polls 2% for U.S. House; the U.S. Senate and presidential races don’t matter.

6 Responses

  1. kevin

    It appears the Constitution Party polled 2% for congress.

  2. Jed Siple

    Kevin,

    I currently have them at 1.98%

    Looks like the qualified parties in Wyoming will be Democratic, Republican, and Libertarian.

  3. Richard Winger

    The Constitution Party is still ballot-qualified in Wyoming. The official election returns show Daniel Cummings got 2.05% of the vote cast for US House. When one calculates the percentage, only the valid votes are included in the denominator. I suspect #2 included “over votes” and “under votes” in his denominator, but those aren’t actual valid votes. The denominator is actually 241,621 and Cummings got 4,963.

  4. Dave

    How many states did the CP lose ballot access in this year?

  5. Richard Winger

    #4, the best way to answer your question is to compare Constitution Party status now, with Constitution Party status exactly four years ago. Immediately after the 2008 election, the Constitution Party was on in Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, and Vermont, for a total of 16 states.

    As of now, compared to 4 years ago, the party has gained Ohio, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, and lost Delaware, Maryland, Montana, and Vermont, so it has 15 states. It still has Wisconsin because it gained it in 2010 and in Wisconsin, parties don’t get off the ballot in presidential years, even though they can come on in presidential years.

  6. Jed Siple

    Richard,

    Thank you, you are correct.

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