Libertarian Party of North Carolina
The Libertarian Party of North Carolina is the North Carolina affiliate of the Libertarian Party. The state chair is Barbara Howe.
In the 2008 elections Michael Munger running as the party's candidate for Governor of North Carolina received 121,585 votes for 2.85% of the total vote.
Chris Cole running as the party's candidate for US Senate received 133,430 votes for 3.12% of the total vote.
The Libertarian Party of North Carolina first appeared on the ballot in 1978. The party has been on the ballot in N.C. for every presidential and gubernatorial election since then, except for 1992. The party had been on the N.C. Ballot continuously from 1996-2004. In that period alone the LPNC placed over 300 candidates on the ballot for every office from President of the United States to county soil and water district supervisor.
Many people who help found the LPNC or joined shortly thereafter still remain active in the party. Among them are the current state chair, Barbara Howe, who has run for both governor and U.S. Senate. LPNC currently has elected members on three city councils, five soil and water district boards, and in the office of Harnett County Surveyor. About a dozen Libertarians currently sit on various appointed city and county boards across NC.
In 1992, Libertarian candidate for governor Scott McLaughlin achieved 4.5 percent of the popular vote in a fully contested race, with 104,983 votes. This remains the highest percentage gained by a third party candidate for that office by any party since that year.
The party has maintained a website consistently since 1996 at www.lpnc.org. LPNC has had a booth at the NC State Fair for the last three years as well as in the early 1990's, as well as a booth at the Dixie Classic Fair for at least the last seven years.
It has an unbroken history of annual conventions held at various locations across NC since its inception. Members of the executive committee are elected biannually at these conventions to carry out the essential functions of a political party.
The party also currently maintains active local organizations in over two dozen counties and on half a dozen college campuses. LPNC may also be the only party in U.S. history that had an Indian Nation as an active local affiliate, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.