Libertarian voters spoke on Tuesday in an unprecedented party primary in Florida, as Paul Stanton defeated Augustus Invictus and the race was called by Bay News 9 with 92 percent of the state’s voting precincts in.
As of the time of the election being called by the local affiliate, Stanton held 74 percent of the statewide vote and the voting totals neared 4,000 registered Libertarians.
Stanton will move on to the Nov. 8 general election against Republican incumbent Marco Rubio and Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy.
“In this historic election we can go from speaking to just Libertarians to spreading Libertarian solutions to all Floridians, our solutions concerning peace, liberty and empowerment,” Stanton said after being declared the winner. “I’m deeply humbled to be on the same ballot as Governors Gary Johnson and Bill Weld for President and Vice-President.”
No statewide primary in Florida had ever been held in a Libertarian race. Only Missouri (U.S. Senate) and Alaska (U.S. House seat) also had Libertarian primaries for federal seats.
The DeLand resident held a watch party in one of the Libertarian hotbeds in Florida—the greater Tampa Bay area. Supporters gathered with Stanton in St. Petersburg and watched as the returns came in.