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While her electoral exploits from 1972 are mostly remembered for good trivia for Oregon political junkies today; her victory of a single electoral vote in 1972 are due to the thanks of elector Roger MacBride.
|A 1972 Hospers-Nathan pin found online|
Nathan represented the Libertarian Party as the Vice Presidential candidate on the ballot in only two states: Washington and Colorado. The Hospers-Nathan ticket only picked up 3,674 votes. Perhaps the smallest number of popular votes to receive an electoral vote in the 20th century.
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The first debate was sponsored by the Coos Bay World. Reporting on the debate, the Eugene Register Guard suggested that she was the real winner of the debate because of the visibility her campaign gained by being able to present itself in a way it had not been able to do before. The next debate would take place in Salem, and then a final debate in Portland. She ended up garnering 43,686 votes (3.83%) in the November election.
While she did not run for any statewide office again after the 1980 campaign, she did stay involved in Lane County politics. She ran for the state legislature and county commission In 1992 she ran against Democratic State Senator Bill Dwyer in her first of two attempts to claim the Senate District 12 seat.
Dwyer would hold the district for the Democrats against Nathan, his lone challenger that year. She did earn nearly 18% of the vote against Dwyer. 1992 was a good year for third party candidates and they were performing better than expected because of Ross Perot energizing new voters. She also didn't have to compete for votes with a Republican like she would have to in 1998 when she tried again to win the seat.
|'76 Congressional Campaign Lit|
Tonie Nathan was 91 and was still a resident of the Eugene area when she passed away today. One of the many Oregon Vice Presidential candidates to pop up over the years. She may well be the last Oregonian to receive an electoral vote. Time will only tell.
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As our more senior Oregon folks start dusting off their collections we'll post some more photos of items in this article over the next few days.
Oregon APIC member John Silvertooth sent us some more images that included the 1976 flyer she used in her race for Congress against Jim Weaver.
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