How will Georgia libertarians vote today?

How will Georgia libertarians vote today? That will probably decide who wins the Senate runoff—Republican incumbent Sen. Saxby Chambliss or Democrat Jim Martin. And the Georgia race may decide whether the Democrats get their filibuster-proof supermajority of 60 in the Senate.

Chambliss fell just short of the majority he needed November 4 to avoid a runoff. W. James Antle III, writing in The American Spectator, explains why:

One reason for [Chambliss’s failure to get a majority]: Libertarian Party candidate Allen Buckley’s presence in the race. Buckley received nearly 3.5 percent of the vote, running almost 100,000 votes ahead of Libertarian presidential nominee Bob Barr—even though Barr had served as a Republican congressman from Georgia and polled as high as 8 percent statewide in the presidential contest. Many of those voters were fiscal conservatives upset with Chambliss’s vote for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout—or, as he prefers to describe it, “the financial rescue package.”

In analyzing the race, Antle adds:

Buckley has refused to endorse either major party candidate and has criticized Chambliss not only on the bailout, but also on civil liberties and the Iraq war. The Libertarian also-ran drew up a statement of principles (pdf) for the two candidates to sign but neither one bit. Buckley told a blogger for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, “I believe Martin would be better with respect to civil liberties. It’s hard to believe he could be worse than Chambliss on fiscal matters, but he could be so.”

The Libertarian’s voters may be just as conflicted. According to Public Policy Polling, 36 percent of them supported John McCain for president, 32 percent voted for Barack Obama, and another 30 percent were for Bob Barr. Buckley’s support also skewed younger than Chambliss’s.

7 Responses to “How will Georgia libertarians vote today?”

  1. jacksmith Says:

    WE HAVE MORE TO DO:

    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. Doug Craig Says:

    Jim Martian

  3. DonaldRaymondLake Says:

    Huh? Buckley and Barr in the same race? Buckley 110K more congressional race votes than Barr’s P2008 total?

    Either way it seems like another slam for Barr, whom, like Phillies [Mass], limps away from P2008 battered and bruised!

  4. PTK Says:

    What difference is it going to make, both candidates are still from the Republicrats, the party with two names.

  5. Maynard Says:

    70% of libertarians voted for Obama or McCain. Interesting.

  6. DonaldRaymondLake Says:

    Almost 70% of Georgians voted for Chambliss.

    [And Jack Smith, what a brilliant move! Ending up with Yokahoma Moma Obama in your post. As broadcasted on [so called] THIRD PARTY watch, nee conservative/ bible thumping/ Barr2008/ Libertarian watch. Which Menza society do you belong to?]

  7. The Democratic Republican Says:

    I touched my pee pee.

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