Recently, a poll commissioned by 11 Alive, V-103, and WMAZ indicates that due to an all-time high in the percentages of voters surveyed, the Libertarian Party of Georgia is poised to have a banner year this election cycle, including achieving ballot access statewide for all partisan races. Gubernatorial candidate John Monds, the first African-American to appear on the General Election ballot for Governor, has doubled his support since the last poll released, gaining ground among younger likely voters and those affected by the barrage of negative campaign ads run by his Republican and Democratic opponents.
As the momentum continues to grow, the John Monds campaign increases in popularity. Election Day results of twenty percent or more for Mr. Monds will open up the ballot for all Libertarian candidates, allowing candidates to run for city and county non-partisan positions without the hurdles placed by the other two parties.
Other statewide candidates for office, including Chuck Donovan for U.S. Senate, Dan Barber for Lt. Governor, Kira Willis for State School Superintendent and Don Smart for Attorney General, are also polling at record breaking numbers. The polls also show that many, if not all, statewide races could end up in a run-off. In Georgia, candidates need to attain fifty percent of all votes plus one to be elected.
“On November 2nd, people can vote for their conscience and their principles, rather than settle for the choices that the other parties have given,” says Libertarian Party of Georgia Operations Director, Brett Bittner, “And should their first choice not make the run-off slated for November 30th, they can settle to choose the lesser of two evils.”
As seen in 2008, the Atlanta's recent mayoral race, this summer's primaries, run-off elections are becoming a more common occurrence for Georgians, and the Libertarians are positioned to be at the center of attention on and after Election Day. The vision for a Libertarian Georgia may be closer at hand than most might think or would care to admit.
Why the sudden surge and the increase of voter interest in the Libertarians candidates and their party? The change might possibly be explained by a number of factors, mainly this year the Libertarian Party has a full statewide slate of candidates for the first time in history. Voter dissatisfaction of the partisan attacks filled with the same old rhetoric without any action to back it up could be another reason. Perhaps it may well be the scandals that some candidates are facing. Whatever the reason may be, the Libertarian Party along with its candidates are all campaigning very well and seem to be attracting more voters daily.
Despite all the obstacles faced, the current slate of candidates certainly is keeping their opponents on their toes. The possibility of such success has the has the leadership of the Libertarian Party of Georgia elated and excited about their future outlook and the growth of “The Party of Principle.”
The Libertarian Party is Georgia’s third largest political party and the only party in Georgia promoting fewer taxes, less government and personal liberty for all Georgians. To learn more, please visit www.LPGeorgia.com