Austin Petersen

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Austin Wade Petersen
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Personal Details
Birth: February 19, 1981
Independence, Missouri
Education: Missouri State University
Occupation: CEO of Stonegait LLC
Publisher at The Libertarian Republic
Residence: Kansas City, Missouri
Party: Republican (2017—present)
Libertarian (prior to 2017)
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Austin Wade Petersen (born February 19, 1981) is a producer, writer, political activist, and commentator from Missouri. He is the founder of the Libertarian Republic, an online news publisher.

2016 Presidential Campaign

On September 6, 2015, Petersen ran for President of the United States, seeking the Libertarian Party nomination. He finished as the runner-up on the second ballot, losing to Gary Johnson.


  • Erick Erickson, radio host and author
  • Nicholas J. Fuentes, talk show host
  • Mary Matalin, political consultant
  • Sean Haugh, 2002, 2014 and 2016 Libertarian candidate for United States Senate in North Carolina.
  • Dave Smith, comedian


2016 Libertarian Party Nomination for President of the United States 1st Ballot (50% of Delegates needed to win)
Name Votes Percent
Gary Johnson 458 49.51%
Austin Petersen 197 21.30%
John McAfee 131 14.16%
Darryl Perry 63 6.81%
Marc Allan Feldman 58 6.27%
Kevin McCormick 9 0.97%
NOTA 5 0.54%
Ron Paul (Write-in) 1 0.11%
Vermin Supreme (Write-in) 1 0.11%
Heidi Zemen (Write-in) 1 0.11%
Derrick Grayson (Write-in) 1 0.11%

No candidate received a majority of delegate votes on the first ballot, leading to the next round of voting. Kevin McCormick was eliminated from the 2nd ballot.

2nd Ballot Results

2016 Libertarian Party Nomination for President of the United States 2nd Ballot (50% of Delegates needed to win)
Name Votes Percent
Gary Johnson 518 55.82%
Austin Petersen 203 21.88%
John McAfee 131 14.12%
Darryl Perry 52 5.60%
Marc Allan Feldman 18 1.94%
NOTA 2 0.11%
Derrick Grayson (Write-in) 1 0.11%
Michael Shannon (Write-in) 1 0.11%
Rhett Smith (Write-in) 1 0.11%
Kevin McCormick (Write-in) 1 0.11%

2018 Missouri Senate Campaign

On July 4, 2017, Petersen announced that he is running under the Republican Party in the 2018 Missouri Senate race.[1]


  • Republican Liberty Caucus
  • Building St. Louis
  • Federalist Party of Missouri
  • Minnesota Liberty Republicans
  • Modern Weapons Systems
  • Right Side News
U.S. Representatives
  • Bob Barr, former U.S. Congressman from Georgia. 2008 Libertarian Nominee for President.
  • Joe Walsh, former U.S. Congressman from Illinois.
State Legislators
  • Eric Brakey, State Senator in Maine. Candidate for U.S Senate in Maine for 2018.
  • Ron Coleman, legal scholar and journalist
  • B. Wayne Hughes, Jr., businessman and philanthropist
  • Dana Loesch, conservative commentator and host of Dana on The Blaze
  • Ryan Moran, Entrepreneur and founder of
  • Mark Pellegrino, actor
  • Dave Rubin, host of The Rubin Report
  • Ben Shapiro, conservative commentator, editor-at-large of Daily Wire
  • Thomas Woods, historian, author, and host of the Tom Woods Show
  • Kurt Schlichter, conservative commentator and political columnist at Townhall
Austin Petersen for US Senate 2018 campaign logo


2018 Missouri Republican Primary- US Senate[2]
Name Votes Percent
Josh Hawley 389,006 58.6%
Tony Monetti 64,718 9.8%
Austin Petersen 54,810 8.3%
Kristi Nichols 34,948 7.5%
Christina Smith 34,948 5.3%
Ken Patterson 19,537 2.9%
Peter Pfeifer 16,557 2.5%
Courtland Sykes 13,862 2.1%
Fred Ryman 8,763 1.3%
Brian Hagg 6,913 1.0%
Bradley Krembs 4,885 0.7%