National Convention 2008

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2008 Libertarian National Convention
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Convention
Dates: May 22—26, 2008
Location: Denver, Colorado
← 2006 2010 →

The 2008 Libertarian National Convention was held on Memorial Day weekend, May 22—26, 2008 in Denver, Colorado.

The convention delegates, among other business, elected the LP's 2008 Presidential and Vice-Presidential nominees and determined the party's platform.

Election of Presidential Nominee

Candidates

Results

[1]

1st Ballot

2008 Libertarian Party Nomination for President of the United States 1st Ballot (50% of Delegates needed to win)
Name Votes Percent
Bob Barr 153 24.2%
Mary Ruwart 152 24.1%
Wayne Allyn Root 123 19.5%
Mike Gravel 71 11.3%
George Phillies 49 7.8%
Steve Kubby 41 6.5%
Michael Jingozian 23 3.6%
Christine Smith 6 0.95%
Ron Paul (Write-in) 6 0.95%
Penn Gilette (Write-in) 3 0.48%
NOTA 2 0.3%
Willaim Koehler 1 0.16%
Daniel Imperato 1 0.16%

No Candidate received enough votes to secure the nomination. Michael Jingozian and Christine Smith were eliminated from the 2nd Ballot. Michael Jingozian endorsed Mike Gravel.

2nd Ballot

2008 Libertarian Party Nomination for President of the United States 2nd Ballot (50% of Delegates needed to win)
Name Votes Percent
Bob Barr 188 29.6%
Mary Ruwart 162 25.5%
Wayne Allyn Root 138 21.7%
Mike Gravel 73 11.5%
George Phillies 36 5.7%
Steve Kubby 32 5.0%
Ron Paul (Write-in) 3 0.45%
NOTA 1 0.16%
Michael Jingozian (Write-in) 1 0.16%
Jesse Ventura (Write-in) 1 0.16%
Stephen Kolbert (Write-in) 1 0.16%

No Candidate received enough votes to secure the nomination. Steve Kubby was eliminated from the 3rd Ballot. Kubby endorsed Mary Ruwart.

3rd Ballot

2008 Libertarian Party Nomination for President of the United States 3rd Ballot (50% of Delegates needed to win)
Name Votes Percent
Bob Barr 186 29.5%
Mary Ruwart 186 29.5%
Wayne Allyn Root 146 23.2%
Mike Gravel 78 12.4%
George Phillies 31 4.9%
NOTA 2 0.3%
Ron Paul (Write-in) 1 0.16%

No Candidate received enough votes to secure the nomination. George Phillies was eliminated from the 3rd Ballot.

4th Ballot

2008 Libertarian Party Nomination for President of the United States 4th Ballot (50% of Delegates needed to win)
Name Votes Percent
Bob Barr 202 32.0%
Mary Ruwart 202 32.0%
Wayne Allyn Root 149 23.6%
Mike Gravel 76 12.0%
NOTA 3 0.5%

No Candidate received enough votes to secure the nomination. Mike Gravel was eliminated from the 5th Ballot.

5th Ballot

2008 Libertarian Party Nomination for President of the United States 5th Ballot (50% of Delegates needed to win)
Name Votes Percent
Mary Ruwart 229 36.8%
Bob Barr 223 35.8%
Wayne Allyn Root 165 26.5%
NOTA 6 1.0%

No Candidate received enough votes to secure the nomination. Wayne Allyn Root was eliminated from the 6th Ballot. Root endorsed Barr and expressed interest in being his running mate.

6th Ballot

2008 Libertarian Party Nomination for President of the United States 6th Ballot (50% of Delegates needed to win)
Name Votes Percent
Bob Barr 324 51.4%
Mary Ruwart 276 43.9%
NOTA 26 4.1%
Ron Paul (Write-in) 1 0.16%
Ralph Nader (Write-in) 1 0.16%

Results

2008 Libertarian Party Convention Presidential Nomination (50% of Delegates needed to win)
Bob Barr Mary Ruwart NOTA
1st Round 153 (24.25%) 152 (24.09%) 2 (0.32%)
2nd Round 188 (29.79%) 162 (25.67%) 1 (0.16%)
3rd Round 186 (29.62%) 186 (29.62%) 0
4th Round 202 (31.96%) 202 (31.96%) 3 (0.47%)
5th Round 223 (36.76%) 229 (35.79%) 6 (0.96%)
6th Round 324 (51.6%) 276 (43.9%) 26 (4.1%)
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6th Round Delegate Vote Results. Delegate majorities are represented as Purple for Bob Barr, Green for Mary Ruwart, and Red for NOTA. Black denotes states where delegate majority was split, and grey indicates states that did not participate.

Election of Vice Presidential Nominee

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Candidates

1st Ballot

Prior to the first ballot, Schwartz withdrew the from race.

2008 Libertarian Party Nomination for Vice-President of the United States 1st Ballot (50% of Delegates needed to win)
Name Votes Percent
Wayne Allyn Root 276 47.7%
Steve Kubby 209 37.1%
Daniel Williams 40 7.1%
Jim Burns 20 4.8%
Gail Lightfoot 15 2.5%
NOTA 2 0.4%
Mary Ruwart (write-in) 1 0.2%
Mike Ferguson (write-in) 1 0.2%
Lenoard Schwartz (withdrew) 1 0.2%

No candidate received enough delegate votes to secure the nomination. Lightfoot and Burns were eliminated from the second ballot and endorsed Kubby.

Prior to the second ballot, Williams withdrew from the race and endorsed Root.

2nd Ballot

2008 Libertarian Party Nomination for Vice-President of the United States 1st Ballot (50% of Delegates needed to win)
Name Votes Percent
Wayne Allyn Root 289 51.0%
Steve Kubby 259 45.7%
Daniel Williams (withdrew) 10 1.8%
NOTA 6 1.1%
Mary Ruwart (write-in) 1 0.2%
Mike Ferguson (write-in) 1 0.2%
Richard [Last Name Missing] (write-in) 1 0.2%

LNC candidates

Chair

Vice-Chair

Secretary

Treasurer

At-Large Committee Members

Regional Representative Committee Members


Platform proposals


Bylaws proposals

Minutes

External links


Preceded by:
Portland 2006
Libertarian National Convention
2008
Succeeded by:
St Louis 2010

  1. https://www.lp.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/2008-National-Convention-0508-rev.pdf
  2. https://www.lp.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/2008-National-Convention-0508-rev.pdf