Georgia Libertarian Party – R.I.P.

Georgia Libertarian Party – R.I.P.

  As a Libertarian I find myself always confronted with a conundrum come election day: Should I vote for the Libertarian Party candidate who more closely aligns with my convictions or vote for the lesser of two evils– usually a Republican– who stands a chance of winning. Well, thanks to the choices and results in this mid-term election, this will no longer be an issue for me to grapple with in Georgia. As of this writing it appears almost certain that Brian Kemp is now our governor-elect, and that the paltry one percent vote for the Libertarian Party candidate will not be enough to force a run-off. Apparently enough Libertarians felt that the prospect of a far-left candidate like Stacey Abrams becoming our next governor was bridge too far, and that at least two out of three voters who traditionally vote Libertarian for governor choose instead to vote for the “lesser of two evils.” Historically, the Libertarian Party garners two to three percent for the top of the ticket. That wasn’t true, though, for a couple of down-ticket candidates for Secretary of State and Public Service Commissioner, District 3. The Libertarian candidates received 2.2 percent and 2.7 percent respectively– thereby forcing a December 4th runoff. In the case of Secretary of State this is especially worrisome because the risk of having a Democrat elected looms large. If that were to happen it could put Georgia in play in the 2020 presidential election, where it otherwise would not. Just imagine if Abrams was the Secretary of State instead of Kemp in this election cycle. With her strategy of enfranchising people...