The UKIP candidate in Copeland says he believes the party can have a future.
Herbert Crossman polled just over 1,000 votes, compared with the party's 2,025 at the by-election earlier this year, and more than 6,000 in 2015.
The party saw similar declines all over the county, but Mr Crossman said he saw no reason why the party shouldn't continue.
I'm here, I'm going to stay here, and I'm going to fight to get UKIP recognised - all of us in the Cumbria district."
In Carlisle, where the party's votes dropped from 5,277 to 1,455 between 2015 and this election, the candidate Fiona Mills believes the slump is only temporary.