Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Ted Metz before a live taping of the first 2018 debate, conducted by the Atlanta Press Club at the Georgia Public Broadcasting studio in Atlanta on Oct. 23. A second debate was cancelled. ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM
Photo: Alyssa Pointer
Photo: Alyssa Pointer

Libertarian deletes ‘joke’ tweet about withdrawing from Georgia gov race 

Libertarian Ted Metz deleted a tweet Friday asking frustrated voters to “put your money where your mouth is” and donate to a GoFundMe account to pay his medical bills for cancer treatment if they want him to drop out of the race.

Metz said in an interview the tweet was a “joke” meant to draw a laugh from voters angry his presence in the race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp could trigger a runoff. If no candidate gets a majority of the vote, a Dec. 4 showdown between the two top finalists is needed.

“I was screwing with someone begging me to withdraw,” said Metz, who also deleted a Facebook post about the fundraiser. 

Metz has consistently polled around 2 percent in the nationally-watched race. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll released Thursday showed Kemp and Abrams deadlocked at 47 percent and Metz around 1.6 percent. Another 5 percent of voters were undecided. 

Trey Hood, the UGA political scientist who conducted the poll, said the race could tighten as the remaining undecided voters make up their minds, potentially squeezing Metz’s margins.

“This race hasn’t opened up one way or another. But the 5 percent of undecided voters are either going to make the decision to vote — or not show up at all,” he said. “Mathematically, there could be a runoff, but it would have to be a super squeaker.”

More: AJC/CHANNEL 2 POLL: Deadlocked Abrams-Kemp race could trigger runoff

More: The shrinking odds of a runoff in Georgia's race for governor

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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