Libertarians Swafford, Hunt Qualify for Ga. Ballot

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Updated: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 05:19:32 EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Libertarian candidates running for U.S. Senate and governor have qualified for the November ballot and are hoping their message of small government and fiscal restraint will resonate with Georgia voters.

Amanda Swafford, a former Flowery Branch councilwoman, will compete against Democrat Michelle Nunn and either Republican Rep. Jack Kingston or former Dollar General CEO David Perdue for Georgia's open Senate seat. Kingston and Perdue meet in a runoff July 22.

Andrew Hunt, a former CEO of an Atlanta nanotechnology firm, will challenge Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and Democrat Jason Carter. In the 2010 election, the Libertarian candidate for governor received 4 percent of the total vote and the Senate candidate had about 3 percent.

Two other Libertarians also qualified for insurance commissioner and a spot on the Public Service Commission.

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