One million, three hundred twenty-six thousand, five hundred twenty-six: that’s how many votes I got in the race for Place Seven of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. ¬†That’s more votes than any other Libertarian candidate in Texas got. It is more votes than Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson got nationwide. I would not be surprised if it were more votes than any other Libertarian candidate anywhere got.

(Unfortunately for the cause of individual liberty, my opponent got many more.)

I had hoped for a million votes, and wildly exceeded that goal.

Gary Johnson got 88,110 votes in Texas. Assume that all of those people voted for me. Where did the other 1.2-million-plus votes come from?

A few of them came from friends, family, and others who know me personally, know my reputation, or know me from my writings at Defending People. A few more came from people I reached by talking to the Dallas Morning News, the League of Women Voters, or directly to voters. (One of the pleasant surprises of this initial foray into judicial politics was how many people were eager to learn about the office, the issues, and my philosophy.)

Most of the votes, however, were likely “anyone but the Republican” votes.

I thank you all.

In the course of this election, I’ve developed something of a judicial philosophy. I’m going to continue to use this space to try to bring more people around to my way of thinking so that if I ever run again (maybe in 2016 against Mike Keasler, one of the troika of Court of Criminal Appeals judges most dangerous to freedom, or in 2018 against Sharon Keller or again against Barbara Hervey) I can hope for a million and a half.

Comments 4

  1. Evan wrote:

    I’m a regular lurker on your blog who’s been checking this blog from time to time as well, and I’d like to thank you for running – and for considering running again. If I were in Texas, I’d definitely have voted for you. Congratulations on the results, not just for setting a new record in Libertarian history but for spreading the message to about (1,326,526-88,110) voters. And please do run again; Texas needs people like you.

    Posted 25 Nov 2012 at 5:33 pm
  2. Mark wrote:

    Thank you, Evan.

    Posted 25 Nov 2012 at 5:42 pm
  3. RDP wrote:

    You wouldn’t happen to be the same Mark Bennett that went to Mabank HS in the 1980′s? Married a girl named Theresa?

    Posted 17 Mar 2013 at 2:11 am
  4. Mark wrote:


    Posted 30 Nov 2013 at 9:08 pm

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