Could 3rd party candidates tip key Senate races? | AccessNorthGa

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Could 3rd party candidates tip key Senate races? | AccessNorthGa

Most third-party candidates have no chance of being elected themselves. But in a handful of extremely tight races, including North Carolina, Alaska, Georgia and Kentucky, third-party candidates could help decide who wins and which party controls the Senate in the final two years of Barack Obama’s presidency.

Third-party candidates are chiefly a worry for Republicans. Many of these long-shot hopefuls are libertarians who tend to appeal to conservative voters, who otherwise might lean GOP.

Established Republicans are quick to note that most third-party candidates become nonfactors, winning minuscule portions of the vote.

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Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue want the seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Nunn hopes Libertarian nominee Amada Swafford will pull some votes from Perdue.

Swafford, a paralegal, supports the “fair tax,” which would replace all federal income taxes, including those earmarked for Social Security and Medicare, with a broad sales tax.

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