Political Insider with Jim Galloway at Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Tom Crawford at the Georgia Report has this up:
Nathan Deal’s financial issues have also caused Libertarians to dream that their gubernatorial candidate, John Monds, might cross the all-important 20 percent threshold of voter support in the upcoming general election.
That 20 percent mark is important because if Monds could somehow achieve it, the Libertarians would be considered a “political party” under state election law that could hold primary elections and be guaranteed ballot access in future races.
Libertarian Party spokesman Brett Bittner noted that Monds has moved from 5 percent up to 9 percent support in recent polling and theorized that the support level could grow even more in polling that is conducted after the recent media coverage of Deal’s financial woes.
“He’s growing and we’re seeing that a lot of things are slipping for the Deal and the Barnes campaigns,” Bittner said.
The 20 percent level, if Monds were able to achieve it, would be a huge leap for Libertarian candidates for governor. In governor’s races dating back to 1990, the percentage of the vote going to the Libertarian has ranged from 2.3 percent (Garrett Michael Hayes in 2002) to 3.4 percent (Jack Cashin in 1998) to 3.8 percent (Hayes in 2006).
No Libertarian candidate for governor has been able to reach 4 percent of the vote.