DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, one of metro Atlanta’s most powerful leaders, finally told jurors and the public his side of the story Wednesday, testifying in his corruption trial that he never retaliated against county contractors who refused to give campaign contributions.
It happened in 2012. Georgia won the SEC East and played Alabama for the conference title. Georgia Tech tied Miami and North Carolina for first in the ACC Coastal but, since the Tar Heels were ineligible and the Hurricanes chose in late November to remove themselves from postseason play, the Yellow Jackets advanced to meet Florida State in the league championship game.
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We have seen – are seeing now, in the current primary – Republicans demonize President Barack Obama. But a 44 percent approval rating also makes Deal ripe for a broad Democratic paintbrush after May 20.
One key difference: Voter disapproval of Obama stands at a racially charged 51 percent. Deal has turned off only 43 percent of the electorate.
Obama’s disapproval rating hits 90 percent among Republicans, 55 percent of independents. Seventy-five percent of white voters disapprove of his White House performance.
Contrariwise, those who give the president the thumbs up show the path forward for both Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter. Eight-six percent of African-Americans give him good marks. A plurality of younger voters, between the ages of 18 and 39, gave Obama their approval. Obama’s approval rating hits 68 percent in metro Atlanta.
Deal performs weaker among women and independents, earning an approval rating of 39 percent from each group. The Republican incumbent gets a nod from 50 percent of voters above the age of 65, earns the approval of 53 percent of those who want Obamacare to disappear, hits a 56 percent thumbs-up rating with white evangelical Protestants, and 55 percent with north Georgia voters.
But Deal tanks to a 33 percent approval rating in metro Atlanta.
One more number worth noting: 10 percent.
That’s roughly the amount of Republican support that Democrats Carter and Nunn are earning across the state. Whether that number is larger or smaller in October will tell us much about the chances of a Democratic comeback in Georgia.