Libertarian tipping the scales: Allen Buckley may force a run-off in Georgia US Senate race

at Delaware Libertarian:

A year ago, the GOP’s Georgia senatorial incumbent Saxby Chambliss seemed one of the few safe Republican seats in the chamber. Nor did a lackluster field of Democrats vying to take him on seem to offer any hope of changing that.

But Libertarian Allen Buckley has been running hard, focusing his entire campaign on pulling votes away from Chambliss, whom he considers a big-government, big-spending wastrel.

And it’s paying off.

Buckley has been consistently pulling at least 4% in recent polls, and the difference between Chambliss and Martin is down to 2 points. Under Georgia law, the winner has to have a clear majority, not a plurality, so Buckley’s effort may result in a December run-off between the two Demopublicans for the seat.

Which may also end up being the seat that determines whether the Democrats end up with a filibuster-proof majority or not.

There is a balance of power, and it may rest more in the hands of third parties around the country than anybody has heretofore believed.

Also in Georgia, Bob Barr, the Libertarian Presidential candidate who hails from that state, has recently predicted that his presence in the race will tip the state’s electoral votes to Barack Obama. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that

Barr said he and Allen Buckley, the Libertarian candidate for Senate, have not coordinated their campaigns here. (Buckley, by the way, says the same thing.)

One thought on “Libertarian tipping the scales: Allen Buckley may force a run-off in Georgia US Senate race

  1. Chris Cole

    There’s a certain amount of fun in forcing a runoff, but I have two objections. First, it causes the additional expense of holding another election, potentially just for one race. That’s millions of dollars in a statewide race. Second, it turns the third-party candidate into an annoyance to the voter. I suspect that it contributes to a longterm voter resistance to alternative candidates. Here in NC, we use a first-past-the-post system exclusively in the general election. I would love to point out to either of my opponents upon her election that she had been opposed by the majority of voters. That would tend to weaken her in office.

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