On the whole, Americans rejected minor presidential candidates. The nationwide popular vote stands at 66.3 million for Barack Obama (52.7 percent) and 58.0 million for John McCain (46.0 percent).
530,200 votes: Ralph Nader
519,800 votes: Bob Barr
179,900 votes: Chuck Baldwin
147,600 votes: Cynthia McKinney
30,800 votes: Alan Keyes (in CA)
28,300 votes: Write-in/other
10,500 votes: Ron Paul (in MT)
The Iowa Secretary of State's office does not yet have the general election results on its website, and the Des Moines Register's election results page only gives the numbers for Obama and McCain, but wikipedia gives these vote counts for Iowa:
818,240: Barack Obama
677,508: John McCain
7,963: Ralph Nader
4,608: Bob Barr
4,403: Chuck Baldwin
1,495: Cynthia McKinney
I am surprised that Nader got so many votes. That's a lot less than he received in 2000 but at least 60,000 more votes nationwide than he received in 2004.
I also find it interesting that nationally, Bob Barr got three times as many votes as Chuck Baldwin, even though Ron Paul endorsed Baldwin. Maybe the "brand name" of the Libertarian Party is stronger than that of the Constitution Party, or maybe Barr just has more name recognition because of his prominent role in the Bill Clinton impeachment hearings.
In Iowa, Baldwin and Barr received approximately the same number of votes.
If any Bleeding Heartland readers have contacts in the Ron Paul for president crowd, please post a comment and let us know how the activists split among McCain, Barr and Baldwin.
UPDATE: A Bleeding Heartland reader compiled all the county results from Iowa and noticed something strange about Dubuque County. As he commented at Swing State Project, Dubuque County showed
quite a few votes for third party candidates and in some instances (La Riva/Moses) more than in the whole rest of Iowa.
I suspect there's either something wrong with those numbers or they had some strange butterfly ballot.
Did anyone out there vote in Dubuque County, and if so, was the ballot design strange in some way that would produce an unusually high number of minor-party votes for president?