A distinct gender gap is forming in the race for Georgia’s top offices, as polls show female voters are siding with the Democratic candidates while men are solidly behind the Republican hopefuls for the open Senate seat and in the governor’s contest.
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State Sen. Jason Carter, the Democratic candidate for governor, was on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” this morning to talk about his race against Republican incumbent Nathan Deal.
Amidst the routine questions was one that has puzzled many of Carter’s Democratic supporters, even in Georgia. Why did you vote for H.B. 60, the expansive gun bill that Deal will sign on Wednesday? Chuck Todd asked.
What follows is what we think is Carter’s most expansive explanation on the topic so far:
Carter: “I think the Second Amendment is important to many people in Georgia. And I know a lot of national Democrats and others have been upset or angry about this, and I’ve heard from a lot of them. But again, we worked across the aisle to try to make the bill better than it was when it first started. I think we succeeded in that.
“But ultimately, you’re talking about people who have a license to carry in a state where the Second Amendment is incredibly important.”
Todd: “Do you think teachers should be armed in schools? Do you think that would help with dealing with a potential mass school shooter?”
Carter: “Look, I think what we’ve done is, we’ve allowed communities to make those decisions for themselves. There’s not an issue that I know of that’s more geographically polarizing than guns. And there are some communities in my state that will feel safer if their school districts are allowed to make those decisions. And there’s other communities where they won’t. And those communities will get to decide for themselves.”