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The remarkable election of 2013 continues!  Libertarian Robert Sarvis continues to rise in the polls:  The Newsmax/Zogby poll shows the Libertarian hopeful at 12.7%!  YES 12.7 Percent!

One possible stumbling block for Cuccinelli is the strength of the third candidate, Libertarian nominee Robert Sarvis. When the Northern Virginia entrepreneur and attorney’s name is put into the race, Zogby found nearly a 5-point edge for the Democrat with McAuliffe at 32.2 percent, Cuccinelli 27.4 percent, Sarvis 12.7 percent, and others 3.2 percent.

That leaves an astounding 24.5% undecided!  Check out some of these demographic groups:

Among the 18-to-29 year old voters who strongly back Cuccinelli in a two-candidate race, the inclusion of the Libertarian changes the results dramatically: McAuliffe 28.8 percent, Cuccinelli 23.2 percent, and Sarvis 21.6 percent. Among male voters, Cuccinelli’s seven-point lead in a two-candidate race is transformed into a virtual tie with McAuliffe when Sarvis is included: McAuliffe 33.6 percent, Cuccinelli 33.9 percent, and Sarvis 12.9 percent.

If the youth come out and the undecided break for Sarvis, he’s a contender!  Here’s an interesting tidbit from the Republicans:

“And it wouldn’t surprise me to find Democrats doing their utmost among independent and undecided voters to boost Sarvis’ vote total, as they did in the Senate races last year in Montana, Indiana, and Arizona,” [former Cong. Tom] Davis said. In Montana and Indiana, Democrats won with a plurality over Republicans with Libertarian candidates in both states drawing better than the margin of difference. And Republican Jeff Flake won the Arizona Senate race but had a closer-than-expected contest with a Libertarian drawing significant votes.

Now, the best way for Democrats to influence the election is to give to the Libertarian and Republicans can do that too!  This could be an amazing election so far.  My surprise is that the national Libertarian Party and its state affiliates aren’t donating or raising funds.  This is the most recent fundraising effort for the LP:

Donate for appeal to the Supreme Court!

This may be a worthy cause but It would seem that Robert Sarvis has more potential.  I would be getting every LP member to donate to Sarvis.  Today!  Tomorrow!  I said a long time ago the major party candidates ought to hope Sarvis does not raise money for ads.  People surely thought I was crazy then.  If Sarvis gets on the air this week, next week’s poll might have Sarvis at say 25%.  That is what Ventura drew late in October.  He got in the debates and the rest is history!  If someone wants to donate, here’s the place to go:

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


  1. Gene Lefty says:

    You know Sandy. the Republican government shut down mite be just what Sarvis needs! He gets high enough in the polls, I may vote for him.


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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