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Matt Kibbe: GOP to Lose Senate Race in Reliably Red Georgia

By    |   Wednesday, 29 October 2014 11:14 AM

The reliably red state of Georgia is not squarely in Republicans’ corner this midterm election cycle, according to Libertarian Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks.

“Georgia should have been one of the states that you would have already taken off the table,” he said Wednesday during an appearance on Newsmax TV's “America’s Forum.” “It should be a Republican win. (David) Perdue has run an erratic campaign, a frustrating campaign.”

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Perdue’s Democrat opponent, Michelle Nunn, daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, is “running on her father’s name and in a low turnout election, we should be anxious about that,” according to Kibbe.

“I would predict that Republicans are going to lose a seat like a Georgia. Other states where we should have nailed it early on but I'll tell you, it's all about get out the vote and Perdue has gone back and forth but this is one we need to keep.”

Races across the country are down to the wire, which could mean runoffs would be necessary, according to Kibbe, who wrote the book “Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto”.

“There's all sorts of wild cards here if we don't have clean victories in a lot of these states where we should be winning,” he said. “A lot of them show Republicans up over the Democrat incumbent, but just by a couple points, by the margin of error.

“This is a very tight election.”

Should Democrats win, it can be attributed to two things: the party doing a good job of “distancing themselves from Barack Obama” and Republicans stumbling in the messaging department, he said.

“(Democrats) have gone out of their way even to deny having voted for him for president, but the other half of this is the lack of a clear positive set of policies coming from Republican candidates,” said Kibbe.

“A lot of them are playing run out the clock politics hoping that voters simply reject Barack Obama, whose popularity is in the 30s right now, different than 2010. We were running on balancing the budget, we were running on repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a patient-driven system. Some candidates are starting to get that in 2014, but they're a little slow on the start and without that, the independents who turned out in 2010 are still looking for that alternative to the failed Democratic policies.”

Kibbe predicted Senate control will go to Republicans, but cautioned that the party needs to return to educating voters about how the GOP’s policies offer an alternative to Democrats’.

“There's this mythology amongst the consultant class in Washington that it's best not to talk about what you believe in,” he said. “I just reject that. It's a failed strategy.”

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