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Libertarian Party of Oklahoma


Libertarian Party of Oklahoma

Libertarian Party of Oklahoma
Chairperson Clark Duffe
Senate leader None
House leader None
Founded 1971
Ideology Libertarianism
National affiliation Libertarian Party (United States)
Colors a shade of Blue; Yellow

The Libertarian Party of Oklahoma is the branch of the Libertarian Party in Oklahoma. It has been active in state politics since the 1970s, but due to what critics characterize as Oklahoma's restrictive ballot access requirements the party has been an "official" party during only portions of the last 25 years.

State party organization and electoral performance

State party chapters and chairs

The party has two local chapters: one in both of Oklahoma's major cities (Oklahoma City and Tulsa). The state party's chairman is Steve Long. Former state chairs include Seth Wheeler, Clark Duffe, Angelia O'Dell, Jimmy Cook, Steve Galpin, Chris Powell, Richard Prawdzienski, Robert Murphy, D. Frank Robinson, Tom Laurent, Gordon Mobley and Porter Davis.

National and state electoral performance

The party has had the national party's presidential candidate on the ballot in 1980 (1.2% of the state-wide vote was received), 1984 (0.72% of the state-wide vote was received), 1988 (0.53% of the state-wide vote was received), 1992 (0.32% of the state-wide vote was received), 1996 (0.46% of the state-wide vote was received), and 2000 (0.53% of the state-wide vote was received).

The party's most successful state and national candidates (in some cases running on the Libertarian ticket, in other cases running as an independent) have included:

  • Porter Davis (Oklahoma House District 85 - received 36.35% of the 1976 general election results)
  • Robert Chambers (Oklahoma House District 89 - received 13.74% of the 1984 general election results)
  • Steve Galpin (Oklahoma House District 82 - received 12.03% of the 2000 general election results)
  • Chris Powell (Oklahoma House District 100 - received 14.72% of the 2000 general election results, and 25.71% of the 2002 general election results)
  • Robert Murphy (US House, 3rd district - received 24.42% of the 2002
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