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.

“Election night 2008 was a stunning success for the Libertarian Party of Georgia,” said the release. “Although we did not win any of our races, our candidates got record vote totals and percentages, and it appears we have forced runoffs for the US Senate and one of the Public Service Commission seats!”

Monds, who did not win his county — Grady — but took approximately four other counties, said he still has mixed emotions about his defeat by Everett for the seat.

“When you enter a race, most candidates enter because they want to win,” he said. “Not winning is disappointing but to see how well the vote totals turned out is something I think everyone is proud of.”

He attended Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr’s election night party in Marietta with his wife.

“We hung out with fellow Libertarians, enjoyed the night, went to my brother’s house to pack up and drove home,” he said. “We were ready to get back. There are still issues going on locally that need solutions.”

Monds, also an African American, said even though he is a Libertarian, he was not disappointed with the outcome of the presidential election.

“I think, for a lot of folks, it will take time for that (Obama’s victory) to soak in,” he said. “Hopefully, this will release the country into a new period in our democratic republic. Maybe this election will change the way people look at politics or race relations. I’m happy with the result and hope Obama’s election will be a very positive thing.”

Monds said he would consider running for public office again in the future.

“I’m just going to enjoy what I’ve done with this race for a minute before figuring out what to do next,” he said.

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