TIME Magazine features an article on Georgia’s Libertarian candidate for Senate, Amanda Swafford. Despite polling consistently at 5%, she is slightly optimistic about November. No, she doesn’t expect to win the election, but she does expect to send it into a January run-off.
“In that situation, if we did force a runoff,” Swafford tells TIME, “I’d say that’s a clear mandate from people of Georgia for a small government and less involvement in people’s lives.”
Swafford’s “mere presence on the ballot creates the potential for a run-off,” says Jennifer Duffy, who follows Senate races at the non-partisan Cook Political Report. “Overall, Libertarians tend to draw more from Republicans, so she is a bigger problem for Perdue than Nunn.”
But Swafford says that may not be the case with her voters, who she maintains are open to whomever makes the best case. Swafford isn’t even sure she’d caucus with the Republicans if, by some miracle, she were to be elected.
In the event of a run-off, will Amanda Swafford’s voters stay home in January or hold their nose and vote for Perdue or Nunn? It appears she hopes they will simply stay home.