Libertarian Candidates Could Decide Outcome in Georgia Races

Senate and governor races likely to go to runoffs.


This year, two third-party candidates could again wreak havoc on Georgia's top races with no less than control of the U.S. Senate possibly on the line. Nationally, Republicans are making a push to claim a Senate majority and can't afford to lose the Georgia seat held by Chambliss, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Statewide, Libertarian candidates in Georgia typically receive only a few percentage points but that could be the difference this year. Polls suggest very tight races between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue for Senate and between Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and his Democratic challenger Jason Carter.