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Greg Bluestein

Nathan Deal gets back-up in race against Jason Carter

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal gives his victory speech as first lady Sandra Deal stands by his side at his election night party at the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta last week. Kent Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal gives his victory speech as first lady Sandra Deal stands by his side at his election night party at the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta last week. Kent Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com

Gov. Nathan Deal’s re-election campaign is getting some heavy-duty backup. The Republican Governor’s Association has snapped up blocks of advertising in metro Atlanta to bolster Deal’s run against Democrat Jason Carter. Only a few of the reports have so far posted, but we’re told group is investing significant dollars in the incumbent’s campaign.

It comes as a wave of polls show a tight race between Deal and Carter, a state senator who is the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter. One of the latest, from the GOP-leaning Rasmussen Reports, put Carter at 48 percent to Deal’s 41 percent.

The governor’s campaign has already unleashed a few of its own feel-good TV spots and Deal said Tuesday he’s not too worried about what the polls are showing this early in the campaign. As we noted in a Sunday takeout of the race, June to November can be a geological era in politics.

“I am very pleased with the response I’m getting as I go around the state of Georgia,” Deal said. “And we’re going to work harder between now and November.”

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