Mystery of the libertarian spoilers

Someone please tell me what is accomplished when Libertarian Party candidates divert enough votes to elect the Democrat and defeat the Republican.

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Are we better governed as a result? Do grateful patriots flock to the banner of Rothbard and Rand?

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On Tuesday here in Colorado, the LP candidate cost CU Regent GOP nominee Brian Davidson 115,000 votes as he lost by 55,000. Republican Lang Sias trails for a state Senate seat by 322 votes, with his LP wingman (hitman?) having taken 4,800.

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Brian Watson would have been an excellent state House member, and if the the LP line had not drawn 1,588 votes, Watson would trail the Dem incumbent by only 235, close enough for a recount.

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Rick Enstrom, another GOP House candidate, lost by 2,347 as the LP line cost him 2,387.

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And all of this, I repeat, for what purpose in the cause of liberty and limited government? Granted we can’t know for sure that every single vote for the Libertarian is one subtracted from the Republican. Some LP voters might have otherwise gone for the Democrat or stayed home.

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Additionally, Colorado’s marijuana ballot issue may have changed the dynamic this year, increasing the falloff from R and D candidates to LP, though I am not quite sure why or how this may have played out. But add it as one more variable, to be fair.

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Regardless, my broad assumption is likely valid, and this should certainly be an action point for the Colorado GOP as far as seeking some kind of accord with our libertarian friends (and friends they are in most cases, honorable, earnest, well-intended) in the aftermath of 2012 and the runup to 2014.

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Source: Colorado Secretary of State election results website

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http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/CO/43032/111141/en/summary.html

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