A Republican attempt to knock Libertarian Party candidates off the fall ballot has failed.
Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge Patrick Kelley handed down the decision today.
Most observers think that Libertarian candidates will draw more votes from Republicans than from Democrats.
In the Tribune’s most recent poll, the Libertarian candidate for Governor, Chad Grimm, had over 5%.
Five percent is the gold standard for third parties.
Upon achieving that in an election, the party moves up in “Big Boy” country and doesn’t have to get the onerous number of petition signatures to get on the next ballot that are required of minor parties.
Green Party candidates are thought to take votes mainly from the Democratic Party.
The Green Party, led by gubernatorial candidate Scott Summers of Harvard, a former President of the McHenry County College Board, failed to gain enough valid signatures to gain ballot access.