Although it has generally escaped comment, this is the latest evidence that down-ticket Libertarians are carrying Bob Barr on their coat-tails, and not the other way around.
Let's think this through. Here are the most recent numbers for the three prominent LP candidates in North Carolina:
Senate: Chris Cole--7%
Governor: Mike Munger--5%
President: Bob Barr--3%
North Carolina, by the way, is where we have Bob Barr on record claiming in a radio interview that his candidacy would prove to be a boon for (wait for it) . . . down-ticket Republicans.
In Texas, the Libertarian Party has been surging into the 5%-range across the State for months, prompting GOP pressure on LP candidates to drop out of State House races, because in 5 or 6 key districts the LP vote may cause previously safe Republican seats to be in jeopardy.
The Barr effect? Hardly. Just take a look at Libertarian performance in the Lone Star State in 2006 (when Barr's self-named PAC was still funneling money to GOPers around the country):
Congressional District 22
Bob Smither (L) - 6.06%
State House District 17
Roderick (Rod) Gibbs (L) - 3.19%
State House District 35
Edward Elmer (L) - 5.35%
State House District 47
Yvonne Schick (L) - 4.22%
State House District 50
Jerry Chandler (L) - 4.65%
State House District 52
Lillian Simmons (L) - 5.26%
State House District 85
David K. Schumacher (L) - 2.72%
So if Bob Barr is polling "just under" 5% in Texas, he appears again to be riding on the backs of down-ticket Libertarians.
Imagine what might have been possible had either the Barr campaign or national LP headquarters actually paid attention to this phenomena.
Maybe next time.