ATLANTA | Libertarian candidates running for U.S. Senate and governor qualified Tuesday for the November ballot with the hope that their message of small government and fiscal restraint will resonate with Georgia voters.
Amanda Swafford, a paralegal and former Flowery Branch councilwoman, will compete against Democrat Michelle Nunn and either Republican Rep. Jack Kingston or former Dollar General CEO David Perdue for Georgia’s open Senate seat. Kingston and Perdue meet in a GOP runoff on July 22.
Andrew Hunt, the former CEO of an Atlanta nanotechnology firm, will challenge Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and Democrat Jason Carter.
While the Libertarian Party in Georgia has only about 1,000 active members, their candidates running statewide have consistently drawn about 3 percent to 4 percent of the vote. If it turns out to be a close election year, those votes could play a major role in the outcome of the state’s top races. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters would be forced into a costly runoff.