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Nathan Deal pivots to black voters in election’s final days

  • 1:03 pm Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

If Gov. Nathan Deal hopes to avoid a runoff on Tuesday, a big part of his calculation involves peeling off more black voters from Democrat Jason Carter.

He ratcheted up his appeal to black voters at a metro Atlanta campaign swing today, where he was endorsed by about a dozen black preachers in McDonough who praised the governor’s criminal justice overhaul and blasted a controversial Democratic turnout flyer that invoked the unrest in the Missouri town of Ferguson.

“That flyer wanted to compare us to Missouri and Ferguson. And that’s not the case in Georgia,” said Tony Lowden, a minister at a [More]

Poll shows Republicans ahead, while Democrats profess confidence

  • 12:32 pm Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Conservative Super PAC Ending Spending Action Fund commissioned a poll that shows Gov. Nathan Deal and Senate hopeful David Perdue ahead of their Democratic counterparts — but still just short of the 50 percent needed to win outright on Tuesday.

The auto-dial poll toplines, from GOP-leaning Vox Populi:

For Governor:

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal — 49 percent

Democrat Jason Carter — 42 percent

Libertarian Andrew Hunt — 3 percent

For Senate

Republican David Perdue — 48 percent

Democrat Michelle Nunn — 43 percent

Libertarian Amanda Swafford — 3 percent

The poll’s sample is 29 percent African-American, 57 percent female. It has both Deal and Perdue winning among women, [More]

In South Georgia, Mike Huckabee discusses Harry Reid’s ‘roach motel’

  • 11:40 am Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Our AJC colleague Nicholas Fouriezos is on the trail with David Perdue, and he sends the following dispatch:

VALDOSTA – Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee became the latest past or future White House contender to campaign with Republican U.S. Senate hopeful David Perdue this morning, and he continued the campaign’s theme of lambasting the Senate Majority Leader.

“Harry Reid has created the roach motel of legislation,” Huckabee told more than 100 GOP supporters crowded together at Smoking Pig BBQ in Lowndes County. “The bills come in, but they never come out.”

Now a Fox News talk show host, Huckabee railed against what he [More]

How Republicans unearthed the Michelle Nunn memo: They ‘Googled’ her

  • 9:13 am Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

Mystery solved. We now know the skullduggery Republican tacticians used to get hold of Michelle Nunn’s internal campaign memo.


The National Republican Senatorial Committee’s Rob Collins revealed the secret at a Politico event with his Democratic counterpart on Wednesday. Here’s Politico’s account:

Collins said this was a joint effort with America Rising, a conservative outside group that the NRSC pays. He said he initially imagined that researchers had found the memo on the “insane dark web.”

“No,” asserted Collins. “We basically Googled Michelle Nunn, and we hit the second page on Google, and there was a link right next to it. … [More]

Jason Carter makes his pitch to gay voters

  • 6:00 am Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

A week after a prominent gay media outlet snubbed Jason Carter’s candidacy, the Democrat worked to rally gay rights activists at an event in Atlanta.

The Atlanta state senator joined with Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin at the Atlanta event Thursday night before dozens of supporters. The AJC’s Jeremy Redmon, who is embedded in the Carter campaign this week, was there to capture the story.

Carter has already picked up endorsements from the Human Rights Campaign and Georgia Equality, two influential gay rights groups. But the Georgia Voice, a prominent gay media outlet, decided not to endorse him or Gov. [More]

Donald Trump, and a vampire, line up behind David Perdue

  • 9:12 pm Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Jim Galloway and Daniel Malloy

All right, maybe Michelle Nunn has former NBA great Dikembe Mutombo on her side. Chump change.

We know for a fact that Republican Senate hopeful David Perdue has allied himself with the great Donald Trump. “The Donald,” who flirted with a presidential bid in 2012, has recorded a robocall for the former Fortune 500 CEO.

Look for one of the most distinctive voices in American politics to be set loose to stir the Republican faithful at any moment. No, Trump isn’t coming here in person before Tuesday. But [More]

David Perdue and the ‘strange’ sensation of voting for himself

  • 5:20 pm Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Our AJC colleague Nicholas Fouriezos, traveling with David Perdue, sends this along:

ST. SIMONS — A sea salt breeze and temperatures climbing to almost 80 degrees greeted Republican U.S. Senate hopeful David Perdue as he returned home today for the odd sensation of voting for himself.

“It is strange to see your name on the ballot, I have to say, having never done this before,” he admitted, minutes after casting his vote at the fire station polling location. He had little time to linger on the coast before zooming off to Waycross for the next stop on his statewide tour.

Much has changed [More]

Georgia GOP: Jason Carter is ‘Obama’s best chance at a third term’

  • 3:42 pm Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

The Georgia GOP is out with a robocall – aimed at points outside metro Atlanta, presumably — that puffs up Jason Carter to a significant degree. Electing him governor, the voice argues, is the equivalent of awarding President Barack Obama with a third term. Listen:


The active ingredents:

“Liberals are hoping we stay home in next week’s election, so they can elect Jason Carter for governor and essentially hand Barack Obama a third term here in Georgia. ….Jason Carter isn’t just a liberal. He’s Barack Obama’s best chance at a third term.”

Our thanks to the nice woman on Facebook who tipped [More]

Dikembe Mutombo votes early for Michelle Nunn, as she faces questions on Obamacare

  • 1:27 pm Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Our AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin, traveling with Michelle Nunn, passes this along:

There was no finger wagging Thursday morning when Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn joined former NBA great Dikembe Mutombo as he voted early in Fulton County.

The 7-foot-2 Mutombo was famous in his playing days for swatting away opponents shots and wagging his finger at them afterward. Mutombo did not wag that big digit at Republican David Perdue on Thursday and, in fact, was all business.

“I’m here with my friend Michelle Nunn, who will be our next senator,” Mutombo said to a few dozen supporters outside the Georgia [More]

Closing arguments: Nathan Deal can’t resist a final shot at Jason Carter

  • 12:01 pm Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

Closing arguments in Nov. 4 general election campaign hit Georgia television today.

Early this morning, we pointed you to the final argument of Jason Carter, the Democratic candidate for governor. So we’ll lead this post with what Republican incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal hopes will be his final say in the contest.

Closers are usually upbeat, an attempt to give voters a reason to vote for the candidate. But Deal couldn’t resist a final shot at Carter:
Here’s the needle: “My opponent’s false attacks? Camouflage for his four years of no accomplishment [More]

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