Libertarian Party

POLL: Joshua Smith Takes The Lead In LNC Chair Race

This poll was conducted by 73 of currently 312 members of the Libertarian Vindicator Polling Committee, a group that aims to have 10 libertarians, both party members and non-party members, from each state, including the District of Columbia, for a total of 510 members that seeks to create representative data of libertarians across the United States. The poll was conducted using


Nicholas Sarwark’s 19% lead in February’s poll has drastically fallen to 29%, placing him second to former runner-up, Joshua Smith. Smith rose almost 13% points which would make him the new favorite candidate for Chairman of the Libertarian Party.

Sarwark fall in the polls could potentially be because of his “no” vote on Arvin Vohra’s suspension, as a majority of the members of the Libertarian National Committee voted for the motion and the feedback from the general libertarian population seemed to lean more negative to the Chair’s decision.

Alicia Dearn’s first inclusion in the poll saw her garnering 22% of the vote, while Matt Kuehnel and Matt Schutter did not receive any votes for chair (though they were a small number of voters second choices).

2018 LNC Chair Poll 2


2018 LNC Chair Poll 2 2nd Choice


Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

3 comments on “POLL: Joshua Smith Takes The Lead In LNC Chair Race

  1. Based on the outcome of votes 1 and 2 – looks like we are a “my way or the highway” kind of group!


  2. So this isn’t a random sample, it’s a self selected sample based on the people networked most closely with whoever created the facebook group and started inviting the 10 people per state presumably from personal knowledge. Annnnnnd … They’re not even sorted by potential delegates. Nothing to see here!!


    • Luke Henderson

      The committee is made of a variety of libertarians and I made it a point to try and have left-libertarians and libsocs when possible. This group isn’t as scientific as it could be, but there’s no true demographic data for me to run off of, so I did the best I could.


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