Posted: 9:07 am Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

A college basketball rivalry in the race for governor 

By Greg Bluestein

As Mercer tries to continue its bracket-busting run in the NCAA tournament with a game tonight against Tennessee, we thought it was time to reprise a Twitter tiff that erupted a few days ago between the campaigns of Gov. Nathan Deal, who graduated from the Macon school, and Democrat Jason Carter, a graduate of Duke University.

It started a few days ago when Brian Robinson, one of Deal’s top aides, posted this to Twitter:

As the legislative session ticked toward an end, Carter posted that he had his alma mater, a three-seed, defeating Mercer and going deep into the tourney.

The next day Deal showed his pride for Mercer, an underdog that few predicted would win.

Mercer stunned Duke, and Carter’s bracket was left in shambles.

Deal’s camp saw an opening – for a free meal.

A few minutes later, Carter’s camp had a snappy response.

And then the final word.

At least there’s one thing the two campaigns can agree on.

26 comments
MiltonMan
MiltonMan

"FWIW, he's probably correct, although I'm going to work my tail off for both Nunn and Carter...)"

Funny seeing someone live in a heavily con county voting for losers like Carter & Nunn

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Jason got into Duke simply because of his name.  He sure how hell will not be getting into the governor's office.

td1234
td1234

Nate Silver who predicted every state correctly in the Presidential election and every Senate and Governors race correctly in 2012 and only missed one Governor's race in 2010 has come out with his early predictions of this years Senate race and he is predicting that the Generic Republican has a 70% chance of beating Nunn. The numbers are probably similar in the Governors race. 


http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/fivethirtyeight-senate-forecast/

Point
Point

The most important part of the story is the Mercer Bears. All Georgians should be the bear tonight when they face Tennessee.

Go Bears!

Wwatl34
Wwatl34

Read in to it what you will but I see two guys that stopped name calling long enough to share a humorous moment. Would be good to see more often.

HarryCrews
HarryCrews

Insider Advantage poll is liberal? It's often wrong (declaring John Oxendine an 18 point advantage over Deal in the GOP primary) but hardly liberal. 


Google Matt Towery.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Well, at least there is an admission there that Carter is the (extremely heavy) underdog even though this blog highlighted the bogus, small sample, liberal media sponsored, online, InsiderAdvantage poll that had Carter leading.

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

@MiltonMan  

Sound like a little jealous punk.  Plus you have nothing to back you assertion, LIAR

lololololololol

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

So now that he's predicting a win for your guy, you are quoting him?

Too funny....

(FWIW, he's probably correct, although I'm going to work my tail off for both Nunn and Carter...)

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Two posts directly above by an imposter using variations of my screen name - this is what scum liberals do, and other liberals tolerate.

TheCentrist
TheCentrist

@Wwatl34  There is very little name calling that Carter can throw at Deal that conservatives haven't already done, plus some.

td1234
td1234

@HarryCrews  Same poll had Romney up by 5 over Obama in Florida the weekend before the election in 2012. The same poll also had Barnes up by 2 a month before the election in 2010 and Deal won by 10. 

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@HarryCrews - I didn't say that the polling firm is liberal - only that the poll itself is bogus.  It was commissioned by an Atlanta TV station and the Morris News service, both liberal media outlets.  It used a very small online sample, and conducted right after a huge media attack on the Governor for problems associated with a mis-forecast snowstorm that paralyzed Atlanta.  There are NO neutral political analysts who have taken stock of the poll - Deal is still a prohibitive favorite to be re-elected among them.


How do you think Carter (or any other Democrat) would do with an online subscriber poll in this extremely liberal media outlet?  I'd say he'd win 3 - 1.  Just as meaningless.

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty  I learned my lesson and he has the best most scientific model right now. I am a believer in the genius of Nate Silver. 

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

@The_Centrist  

What makes you think the imposters are liberals Centrist?

By that token, what makes you think they are the same person?

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Scum imposter using a similar screen name - notice the slight difference.

TheCentrist
TheCentrist

@The_Centrist @HarryCrews  Let us know when the "liberal media" publishes a poll that says that Carter has a 75 point edge over Deal "Conservative talking head"  polls would say jjust the opposite, and they are less accurate.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@RoadScholar - As always.  Things happen during long election campaigns and the word upset would not exist if it didn't ever happen.  They are far from the norm so expecting/depending/ counting upon such is not rational.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

If you stop back here, td, I would just caution you on one thing before you get too giddy over his prediction.

He's essentially an aggregator - he did so well in 2012 because he took all the polls, crunched the numbers together, and came up with a prediction.

Very few polls are out there now, so I wouldn't get quite so excited just yet.  (Although as I say, it will be an uphill battle for both Nunn and Carter - although I certainly think it's doable if the Dems get out the vote...)

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

A few months ago there were back almost simultaneous posts with the exact same unique sentence - one with one of the above impostor screen names and the other from NWGAL.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@LookbeforeIleap - Nice that at least one historical liberal poster like yourself even asks these questions.  

This has been going on for about a year.  Above note how it was done at the same time with TWO different yet similar names.  The posts always have a liberal twist.

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty  All you Democrats have to do to see change is to vote in the Republican primary. I voted in the Democratic primaries for years for the most conservative candidate. 

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Only in the fairy tale land that you inhabit is anyone expecting/depending/counting on a victory for Nunn or Carter.

That doesn't mean we're not going to work our tails off to begin to bring some sanity back to this long suffering state.

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