Posted: 2:03 pm Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

A pro-Pennington PAC blasts Deal ahead of primary 

By Greg Bluestein

A string of recent polls may show a tight race between Gov. Nathan Deal and Democrat Jason Carter. But David Pennington’s conservative supporters want to remind voters that the governor can’t pivot toward November quite yet.

A PAC called Conservative Business Leaders just snapped up ads on metro Atlanta TV markets in the runup to next week’s primary. Expect the group, which trumpets its support for the former Dalton mayor on its website, to air anti-Deal spots like the one below that invokes his snowjam performance.

It’s not a huge buy – at least $6,100 – but a sign that Pennington’s conservative friends are digging a bit deeper into their pockets.

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Speaking of those polls, another one released today by Saint Leo University Polling Institute shows Deal leading Carter by 38 to 35 percent among likely general election voters, within the survey’s margin of error. The tight race mirrors the AJC poll that published over the weekend.

An interesting St. Leo finding: Seven percent of voters said they support Libertarian Andrew Hunt and another one-fifth of the electorate is yet undecided or backed another candidate.

Frank Orlando, a Saint Leo University political scientist, said Hunt’s showing is a sign that Deal needs to shore up support from core Republicans. Said Orlando:

“Because of the state’s conservative tendency, Deal must ensure that he doesn’t lose votes from co-partisans to both Carter and wild card Libertarian candidate.”

That poll was conducted May 5-6 and combines online responses with prerecorded phone messages. The margin of error was three percentage points.

3 comments
Baumer_1
Baumer_1

Somebody is challenging Deal in the primary?

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

He (deal) "thought Barack Obama's Common Core was a good idea..."  Pennington certainly knows his  base, the low-info types who think CC is an Obama initiative, and that it teaches kids that 2+2 equals something other than 4. That should get him about 35% of the Jawja electorate. Unfortunately for pennington, it is not enough to get him elected governor, but it does set in the minds of these low-info types that deal is a secret socialist Democrat in bed with Obama (because they saw it on TV, so it has to be true).

Meanwhile Jason Carter is pleased that pennington is highlighting the ethical and performance failures of dah gubner, He doesn't have to spend his time and money pointing them out to the people.

Given these factors, I'd say the Dems owe pennington a great big "Thank You."

Kamchak
Kamchak

Further evidence of the motive behind the legislature's move to take the medicaid expansion out of the governor's office.

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