Striking contrast to David Bergland's lackluster '84 performance of 228,000 votes
From Eric Dondero:
Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report, confirmed by National Review, now says that Libertarian Presidential candidate got a total of 1.22 million votes. And there's still a few more outstanding votes to come.
Here's one way of looking at the numbers. One million, two hundred and twenty thousand. In 1984, the Libertarian Party presidential ticket of David Bergland (photo) and Jim Lewis garnered a mere 228,000 votes. The entire Bergland vote total can now fit within the Johnson total, with a million to spare.
It also means in 28 years the Libertarian Party increased its vote total by nearly 1 million total votes, a 500% increase.
That says a good deal for Gary Johnson and his running mate Judge Jim Gray. In LP terms they ran a spectacular campaign, the best ever in over 40 years.
But it also doesn't say much for David Bergland. Looking back, there's little doubt that the Bergland for President campaign in 1984 has the distinction of being the very worst in Libertarian Party history.
Disclosure: Bergland was my bitter foe in 1985/86 when I served on the Libertarian National Committee. I was part of the "Pro-Growth" mainstream caucus in the LP. Bergland was the leader of the antiwar left-libertarian wing.