How will Libertarians affect Georgia Senate runoff?

Says Jim Tharpe in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Libertarians have never won statewide office in Georgia, but suddenly their votes have become valuable currency in the extended U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Democrat Jim Martin.

No sooner had the sun peeked over the horizon on Nov. 5 than Martin and Chambliss — both sleep-deprived and headed for a runoff — were reaching out to the “other party.” Libertarian Senate candidate Allen Buckley won nearly 130,000 of the 3.7 million votes cast Nov. 4, enough in this squeaker of a Senate race to have put either Chambliss or Martin over the 50 percent mark needed for victory.

Now in a nationally watched Dec. 2 Senate runoff, Chambliss and Martin are reaching out to anyone who voted Libertarian Nov. 4.

9 Responses to “How will Libertarians affect Georgia Senate runoff?”

  1. jacksmith Says:


    Democrat Jim Martin is in a runoff against Bush Republican Saxby Chambliss for the Senate seat from Georgia. Bush’s Saxby Chambliss voted against spending a few measly dollars to provide health care coverage for Georgia, and Americas needy children. But he supported wasting hundreds of billions of your dollars, and the life BLOOD of Americas finest on an unnecessary war in Iraq.

    At a time when 47 million of you have no health insurance coverage, and over 100 million of you with insurance are just one major illness away from complete financial destruction. Bush and Saxby Chambliss voted to make the heart break of bankruptcy relief even harder for all of you to use.

    You see, Bush and Saxby Chambliss, and his family don’t have to worry about their health care coverage. They have the finest health care coverage your tax money can buy for them. Courtesy of you. The American Tax payer. In fact, no one but the super rich can afford the health care coverage you the tax payer provide for Saxby Chambliss, and his family for FREE! with your tax dollars.

    He supposedly works for you. But he doesn’t think you and your family should have access to the type of taxpayer supported FREE health care that you provide for him, and his loved ones for FREE!. Doesn’t that just make you BURRING MAD!

    Vote for JIM MARTIN for US senator from Georgia. Vote for JIM Martin who will be on your side. Vote for JIM MARTIN who will work with President Obama and a majority congress for you. Vote for JIM MARTIN most of all for your-self, your family’s, friends, and loved ones. Vote for JIM MARTIN for a better America, and a better World.

    Don’t let Saxby Chambliss make a chump out of you by tricking you into voting against your own best interest. Saxby chambliss is NOT! on your side. He’s not one of you. He is on George Bush’s side. And we all know what a catastrophe the Bush Chambliss administration has been the past 8 years.

    Contact all your family and friends and do every thing you can to see to it that JIM MARTIN and GEORGIANS! take that senate seat back for Georgia, and America. No matter where you live in America. This is important to you. President Obama will need all the help, and power you can give him to try and fix this catastrophic mess that the Corrupt Bush Chambliss administration has created.

    As I said before you will have to vote in overwhelming numbers to overcome the Bush Chambliss “Let Them Eat Cake” vote fraud machine. Vote early if you can. Then help everyone you can get to the polls and vote for JIM MARTIN. You and your loved ones don’t have to be Saxby Chambliss’s victims anymore.

    I know you will get it done. Just like you did for President Obama.

    God bless all of you

    jacksmith - WORKING CLASS:-)

  2. Catholic Trotskyist Says:

    Yes, please everyone vote for Jim Martin, he is a great candidate.

  3. disinter Says:

    Where Did the Libertarian Party Go Wrong?

    A postmortem on Bob Barr’s presidential run

  4. ETJB Says:

    The Green and Libertarian parties both choose a candidate who had held federal office before, perhaps hoping that it would bring in more money, publicity and or support. It did not.

    Bar did not seem to have much interest in the LP beyond this election and ran a rather lack luster campaign, that seemed to be essentially trying to copy the odd primary coalition that Ron Paul managed to create; libertarians and paleo-conservatives.

    Both parties will probably decline in the upcoming years unless they can really get their acts together, settle intra party struggles and bitterness and really trying to work with other parties and groups more on electoral reform.

  5. Brian D Says:

    The Georgia LP really has their act together. Alan Buckley is one of the sharpest men I have ever heard.


    Libertarians and Greens may be lacking in presidential and most federal races but they have been growing many of the state organizations. They have both had impact in local elections and state and local ballot issues. There is more to be told than what the national news says.

  6. Catholic Trotskyist Says:

    The only reason we’re hearing so much about the Georgia LP right now is because of their (Georgia’s) great runoff system. All third parties should work together to make this national. That’s the only hope.

  7. cmmcp Says:

    Jacksmith, your response reads like a bit of Socialist propaganda or a Democratic party scare tactic commercial. Unfortunately none of those reasons would appeal to Libertarian voters your candidate will need in order to win this runoff.

  8. JT Says:

    ETJB: “Both parties will probably decline in the upcoming years unless they can really get their acts together, settle intra party struggles and bitterness and really trying to work with other parties and groups more on electoral reform.”

    What do you mean by “decline”? If you mean cease to exist, no they won’t. They’ve been wracked with intraparty squabbles and getting clobbered at the polls in virtually all partisan races since their inception, yet they don’t die. They just keep pretending that getting ballot status in a particular state is a great victory, even though the next top-of-ticket candidate in that state gets a single digit vote percentage.

  9. Old Whig Says:

    Buckley should endorse neither. A plague on both houses.


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