Several pundits have commented on the less-than-impressive vote tally that Michael Peroutka received. Thom Holmes, C.P. activist and homeschool dad, brings clarity:
"Constitution Party members have cause to celebrate! Their 2004 presidential ticket –Michael A. Peroutka for President and Dr. Chuck Baldwin for Vice President – received 30% more votes this year than in the previous election!
Nationally, the Peroutka-Baldwin ticket received 132,067 votes compared to 101,278 for the Constitution Party’s 2000 candidate, Howard Phillips. The increase in Peroutka's tally is particularly significant when compared to the decline in voter support for other minor parties and candidates."
C.P. candidates also appeared on fewer state ballots than in 2000. I know there's a contingent of Oklahomans that would have been delighted to vote for Mr. Peroutka if his name had been on the ballot.