KNOXVILLE — The Libertarian Party of Iowa (LPIA) has announced the results of its first-ever Libertarian Presidential Preference Poll.
Libertarians gathered across the state at county level caucuses and conventions to elect officers, build county committees and select delegates to the 2020 LPIA State Convention. Additionally, The LPIA conducted a Virtual Caucus, ensuring the greatest possible participation and inclusion for Libertarians across the state.
The LPIA, in the tradition of the Iowa Caucuses, held a Presidential Straw Poll to signal registered Libertarians’ preference for their presidential nomination.
Future of Freedom Foundation founder Jacob Hornberger won the Presidential Preference Poll, commanding 47.52 percent of the vote. Rounding out the top five are former Rhode Island Governor and U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee, 1996 Libertarian Vice Presidential Nominee Jo Jorgensen, Veterans Against the Iraq War founder Adam Kokesh and software engineer and entrepreneur Daniel Behrman.
The Libertarian Party of Marion County held their first County Convention coinciding with the LPIA Caucus on Saturday, organizing the inaugural party officer elections. Attendees elected Knoxville’s Mike Conner Jr. as Chairperson and Logan Spangler as party secretary. County party officials will petition the LPIA State Central Committee at Iowa’s state convention on Feb. 29. to be officially recognized as a county affiliate by the state party.
Marion County libertarians also participated in the Presidential Preference Poll, both in person and via the virtual caucus, with Hornberger also winning at the county level with 75 percent of the vote. Lincoln Chafee and former CEO of McAfee Inc. John McAfee came in second, both receiving 12.5 percent of the vote.
Iowa state delegates will select the party’s national delegation at the 2020 LPIA State Convention and Presidential Forum at Grand View University in Des Moines on Feb. 29. These delegates, while not bound to these results, will give thoughtful consideration of these results. The candidates in attendance of the Presidential Forum will discuss the issues that Iowa Libertarians hold dear.
Hornberger, Iowa Caucus winner, will be a participant along with nine other candidates.