Georgia Senate Libertarian candidate says he will not endorse in Walker-Warnock runoff

Georgia Senate Libertarian candidate Oliver Chase said Thursday that he will not endorse either incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock or Republican Herschel Walker as they head for a runoff election.

“I’m not going to tell you how to vote. Your vote is your voice,” he told Fox News. “I don’t seek to control you, just like libertarians, if elected, would not seek to control you in government.”

Chase ran as a Libertarian candidate in the Tuesday midterm and gained national attentional after he garnered some 80,000 votes, snagging 2% of all votes that both Warnock and Walker desperately needed to secure the Senate seat.

Chase Oliver, Libertarian Senate candidate for Georgia, during an interview in Tucker, Georgia, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022.
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“The only thing I’m endorsing is ranked choice voting. But I will say this I’m looking to provide a forum for both candidates to come speak long form,” he said.

Chase said he will not encourage voters to get to the polls but instead will focus on changing Georgia’s electoral system and push ranked choice voting – a voting method that allows people to rank their preferred candidates in order on the ballot.

Ranked choice voting, already used in Maine and Alaska, would prevent Georgia candidates from having to meet the 50% threshold in order to win or face a runoff election – which Chase has argued unnecessarily costs the taxpayer millions of dollars.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker speaks during an election night watch party on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Atlanta.