The first Libertarian Presidential ticket received only 3,000 votes in 1972, but also received the first Electoral College vote for a woman, from faithless elector Roger MacBride (MacBride would be the party's nominee in 1976). In 1978, Dick Randolph became the first Libertarian to win state-level office with his election to the Alaska House of Representatives, and the Libertarian Party gained ballot access in all 50 states, DC, and Guam in 1980. The party's Presidential ticket spent several million dollars in that year's election, and garnered almost a million votes in the most successful Libertarian showing to date.
Former Republican US Congressman Bob Barr received the 2008 Libertarian nomination for President and received 523,686 votes, or 0.4% of the national
count, in that year's election. This was the second-best showing ever of a Libertarian Presidential candidate.