From preliminary results of the 2008 elections, it looks like the Liberty Union Party will no longer have "major-party status" in Vermont. One earns such status by winning at least 5 percent of the vote in a statewide race (Congress doesn't count).
The Progressive Party, meanwhile, will keep major-party status, along with the Democrats and Republicans. Progs won enough votes in the auditor (12 percent for Martha Abbott), attorney general (6 percent for Charlotte Dennett) and treasurer's (7 percent for Don Schramm) races.
The closest the Liberty Union came was Jerry Levy's 4 percent in the auditor's race.
So what does this mean? Not a lot. The Liberty Union Party doesn't have to bother with a primary in the next election and might get invited to fewer debates, though they were not on a lot of people's invite list this year.
- Terri Hallenbeck