The traditional political spectrum has Democrats on the left and Republicans on the right. Libertarians argue for less government involvement in both economic and social matters.
The party's platform maintains a strong constitutional emphasis on freedom, civil liberties and personal responsibility. It says government should protect people's property rights while respecting their privacy and views government debts as a form of taxation without consent.
There are 1,448 registered Libertarians in the state, according to the Secretary of State's office. According to unofficial election results, 8,719 people voted for Moran in the general election. That is six times the number of people registered with the party.
Moran collected just over half the number of votes Mountain Party candidate Jesse Johnson received in the election.
"We ran a campaign to challenge the existing political structure that has never brought success to West Virginians - the success we all hope to attain in the future," Moran said. "I personally committed myself to a new era of prosperity in our state based upon specific programs for tax reduction and industrial expansion."
To maintain the official party status, the Libertarian Party will need to get more than 1 percent of the vote in the 2016 gubernatorial race.
The party also earned official recognition in 1996 but failed to maintain the 1 percent threshold in the 2000 election.
Nationally, the Libertarian Party gained new interest following the quixotic presidential campaign of Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul. While Paul is a registered Republican, his political views are based on a Libertarian philosophy.
Paul campaigned in the state during the 2008 Republican primary. Wilson said that campaign helped generate some momentum for Libertarian ideals.
"Dr. Paul helped advance the notion that West Virginians - as well as the rest of the nation - are ready for a real change in our political system," Wilson said.
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