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Oklahoma Libertarian Party remains recognized

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Posted at 5:25 PM, Nov 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-09 18:25:58-05

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Libertarian Party will continue to remain a recognized political party in Oklahoma after its top office seeker received enough votes in the state's general election.

Complete but unofficial results from Tuesday's election show the Libertarian Party presidential ticket of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld received more than 83,000 votes, or 5.74 percent of the votes cast for president in Oklahoma.

That's more than twice the 2.5 percent of the electorate the party needed to remain recognized in Oklahoma. The previous threshold was 10 percent, but the Legislature passed a bill last session to reduce that number.

As a result, Oklahoma voters will be able to register as Libertarians and candidates can run as Libertarians in elections for the next two years.

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