Texas Libertarians clinch ballot access, Greens fall short

Texas Libertarians clinch ballot access, Greens fall short

by Jim Malewitz

Texas Libertarians fell far short of winning any races on Election Night, but the party of low taxes and little government did clinch the right to try again.

The state’s Green Party, however, was not so lucky.

Texas will give Libertarians a ballot spot during the state’s next general election, after the party’s candidate for state railroad commissioner nabbed more than 5 percent of the vote — the threshold a party needs in a statewide contest to keep ballot access.

That candidate, petroleum engineer Mark Miller, drew 5.3 percent in a race that former Texas Rep. Wayne Christian easily won. No other Texas Libertarian met the 5 percent mark on Tuesday.

Miller, who drew an unusual amount of newspaper endorsements in the contest, was hoping for more votes. But he was pleased to have achieved that “minimum goal” for his campaign, he said Wednesday morning.

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