Libertarian Robert Sarvis was the strongest third-party candidate in a Virginia governor’s race since William Story of the Conservative Party in 1965. Story took 13.4 percent of the vote that year, denying Mills Godwin (then a Democrat) a majority. This year, Sarvis took 6.5 percent of the vote.
So where did Sarvis run best?
Western Virginia is a good answer.
He polled his highest percentage of the vote in Alleghany County, taking 11.8 percent of the vote there. But Sarvis support was hardly regional: His next best localities were in New Kent County, east of Richmond, where he took 10.5%, and King William County, northeast of Richmond, where he took 10.4%. He also took 10.2% in Montgomery County and almost hit double digits in Giles County, where he polled 9.8% of the vote.
The Sarvis vote petered out once you got past Wythe County (8.2%), though. Out in the coalfields, Sarvis took just 2.1% of the vote in Lee County and 2.2% in Buchanan County.
On the precinct level, Sarvis’ strongest precinct — in percentage terms — was in Paint Bank in Craig County. In that precinct near the West Virginia line, Sarvis took 24% of the vote.
On the other hand, that meant he got six votes there:
Cuccinelli – 10 votes
McAuliffe – 9 votes
Sarvis – 6 votes
Write-in – 2 votes