Ted Metz: Third-Party Gubernatorial Candidate Who Could Force Run-Off

Unless one Gubernatorial Candidate receives a 50 percent majority, Georgia’s governor’s race will extend to Dec. 4. Gubernatorial Libertarian candidate Ted Metz is polling less than 2 percent, but he could potentially play a big role in this election.

A recent poll commissioned by the University of Georgia’s Survey Research Center reveals none of the candidates are polling at 50 percent.

Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams is polling at 46.9 percent, with Republican candidate Brian Kemp trailing right behind at 46.7 percent. Third-party candidate Ted Metz is polling at just 1.6 percent. Another 5 percent of voters are still undecided, which could be enough to keep one candidate from winning a majority.

There are only a few states in the United States where a candidate must attain a 50 percent majority in a state race to win — Georgia is one of them, which only adds to the drama of an especially historic race.

Grady Newsource reporter Caroline Elliott sat down with Ted Metz to talk about his campaign and potential role in this election.

Metz says his campaign prioritizes healthcare, education and government transparency. He also hopes to change the dialogue on cannabis in Georgia.

“The majority do not want the two-party system anymore. They want change,” Metz said. “So how am I going to affect change? Talking about the points that are actually good for the planet for seven generations in the future.”

Caroline Elliot is a senior majoring in journalism.

 

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