NYC Election Correction 11/16/01

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In our report last week on election results in New York City and Virginia, the Week Online made two errors. First, based on preliminary election results, we reported that New York City Libertarian candidate Kenny "The Real" Kramer ( edged Marijuana Reform Party ( candidate Tom Leighton in the mayoral race. According to the latest election figures, Leighton garnered 2,800 votes to Kramer's 2,620.

We also misplaced a decimal in estimating what percentage of the vote. With roughly 1.5 million votes cast, Kramer and Leighton were barely able to crack not 1%, as we wrote last week, but one-tenth of 1%. But they still both beat out Bernard Goetz.

In the competition between the Libertarians and the Marijuana Reform Party, the MRP came out ahead across the city. In the race for Public Advocate, the MRP's Chris Launois garnered 20,686 votes (2%) to Libertarian Travis Pahl's 6,626. In the Comptroller's race, the MRP's Tracy ("Medical Marijuana Barbie") Blevins captured 16, 944 (2%) votes to Libertarian James Eisert's 6,628 votes. In the race for Manhattan borough president, MRP candidate Gary Goodrow got 7,358 votes (2%) to Libertarian Scott Jeffrey's 4,065 votes.

MRP founder Tom Leighton told DRCNet that in comparison with the Libertarian's superior party structure, funding advantage, and minor celebrity candidate, and given the total media blackout on the Marijuana Reform Party, "I think the MRP did okay. And, as a result of the Voter Guide [mailed to all eligible voters by the city] being mailed to 3.5 million voters, many more people now know about the MRP and our focus on medical marijuana."

(DRCNet hopes time will bring better days for New York with better chances for drug reform-candidates to get out their message. Visit to read our interview with Kenny "The Real" Kramer of Seinfeld fame.)

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