Libertarian Support Dissolves at the Polls

For all the speculation of a Libertarian candidate pushing two of the nation’s most-watched political races into a runoff, neither Andrew Hunt or Amanda Swafford were ever a factor in Tuesday night’s elections.

Libertarian support dissolved completely at the polls, allowing both Gov. Nathan Deal and David Perdue to cruise to comfortable victories.

As a result, Democrats in Georgia will continue to wander in the political wilderness for at least the next decade. Even with two election cycles between now and 2020, Democrats will not be able to gain enough clout under the Gold Dome to play an influential role in the next big political battle – redistricting, as mandated every time a Census is conducted.

For 2018, expect state Rep. Stacey Abrams and Secretary of State Brian Kemp to take their battle over voter registration to the governor’s race. Both have to be considered leading candidates in what will become an open gubernatorial contest in four years.

15 comments

  1. John Konop says:

    Tim,

    In all due respect I am not getting your math. The GOP in Georgia has lost about 5 points in each election cycle on the top of the ticket the last 2 elections.They won by 7 points this time. If the trend continues the next cycle would be a runoff under the current message. This does not even factor Hillary at the top of the ticket picking up women vote via first female president….The real take away should be Casey Cagle who bucked the falling trend. He ran the best campaign by far….and if I was a consultant I would advise people to listen to him the next cycle..,.just my 10 cents.,,

  2. saltycracker says:

    Libertarians didn’t dissolve, they merged temporarily to avoid a runoff and maybe getting gerrymandered.

  3. JPTSR says:

    Libertarians were polling well, but i think people get scared off at the ballot box by the “A vote for a libertarian will give the election to Nunn” rhetoric.

    I’m happy to have voted for Dr. Hunt. He was the only one to have actually answered many of the questions during the debates without invoking his opponents.

  4. Jon Lester says:

    Georgia’s Libertarian candidates themselves could have done better, but libertarian ideas are catching on. One would be wrong to characterize the mood of the voters as a reactionary one.

    • Bobloblaw says:

      Actually you make an interesting point. The party isnt doing well, but their ideas are doing well. This is in fact the history of third parties in the US. Their ideas slowly get adopted by one of the two major parties.

      • Jon Lester says:

        The “Liberty Caucus” in the House has quite a few Democrats and Republicans working together, and one can definitely be a civil libertarian and anywhere they want to be on the spectrum at the same time. Personally, I’d no more want to belong to the Libertarian Party proper than any other, because I like my independence, and would rather not find myself making apologies for a few planks I don’t really like in whichever platform.

  5. notsplost says:

    Insanity is repeating the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

    If the past 20 years proves anything, its that voting for either major party and expecting “change” is like jumping off a cliff without a parachute and expecting to fly.

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