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November 5, 2008

Libertarian Party’s Monds makes history in Georgia

THOMASVILLE — President-elect Barack Obama was not the only candidate to make history during Tuesday’s election.

Cairo’s John Monds, 43, became the first Georgia Libertarian candidate to receive more than 1,000,000 votes for a statewide race. He ran for Public Service Commission District 1.

“A million votes is something to be excited about,” Monds said Wednesday. “It’s something to be proud of and a nice mark for the party. It says a lot about the organization in Georgia.”

According to the Libertarian Party of Georgia’s post-election press release posted Wednesday on its Web site — with 96 percent of precincts reporting — Monds tripled its previous high marks by receiving one third of the vote.

Results from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office have Monds with 33.3 percent or 1,056,227 votes to Incumbent Republican H. Doug Everett’s 2,114,459 or 66.7 percent. These results are unofficial until certified.

The previous high for the Libertarian Party was 23 percent in 1994, the release said.

“I am over the moon over John Monds,” Anthony Trauring, operations director for the party, said Wednesday. “He is a great guy and the success of his campaign garnered the most votes for any Libertarian in Georgia. As far as I’m concerned in the Libertarian party, John Monds is a superstar.”

Trauring said Monds’s tally is probably not a national record because there are states with larger populations than Georgia where a smaller percentage might mean more votes.

Other Libertarians also impacted races for the U.S. Senate and Public Service Commission District 4.

Allen Buckley, the party reported, garnered 3.4 percent of the vote, meaning neither Incumbent Republican Saxby Chambliss or Democrat Jim Martin had an outright majority.

For Public Service Commission District 4 race, Libertarian Brandon Givens had five percent of the vote and “forced a runoff” between Republican Lauren McDonald, incumbent, and Democrat Jim Powell, the release said.

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