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CityVote

[WWW]CityVote was a presidential preference primary held November 7, 1995, in 17 cities across the United States. As a preference primary, CityVote was nonbinding, that is, more a poll than anything else. However, as actual 1995 voters were likely 1996 voters, it was an interesting poll.

Perhaps the most noteworthy thing about CityVote was its failure. Intended to focus the 1996 presidential campaigns on "urban issues" such as poverty and crime, CityVote was almost completely ignored by the major presidential candidates. Several of the cities that participated were fairly small towns, including Fayette, Missouri, and Greenburgh, New York. None of the nation's major metropolises, such as New York City or Los Angeles, participated.

From a Libertarian point of view, the most significant aspect of CityVote was that Libertarian Harry Browne qualified for it. CityVote candidates were required to meet stringent criteria before being allowed on the ballot and into the debates.

Browne won 0.94% of the total vote, placing eleventh in a field of 21. Browne did noticeably better in cities where he campaigned personally, getting 5.1% in Fayette, Missouri; 2.2% in Boulder, Colorado; and 1.6% in Tucson, Arizona.

In almost every city, the top three vote-getters were Bill Clinton, Colin Powell and Bob Dole in that order, with Clinton usually having a sizable lead over his next competitor. Burlington, Vermont, the city that elected a Socialist mayor and then sent him to Congress, gave Jesse Jackson the third highest rank. Fayette, Missouri, for some reason, gave transcendental meditator John Hagelin of the Natural Law Party the third spot. Tucson, Arizona, gave capitalist tool Steve Forbes third ranking.

Complete voting results are available.