1978 Elections

1978 was a pivotal year for the Libertarian Party. In addition to solidifying the LP's status as third-largest political party in the U.S., the LP elected its first officeholder and groomed a presidential candidate.

In 1978, 200 Libertarian candidates won a combined 1.3 million votes, more candidates and votes than any other minor party.

Dick Randolph was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives, where he was instrumental in repealing Alaska's personal income tax.

Ed Clark ran a strong campaign for fovernor of California, winning 378,980 votes, 5.5% of the total. Clark would go on to become the party's 1980 presidential candidate.