Facing dismal poll numbers, Jim Barksdale puts best foot forward

Democratic Senate nominee Jim Barksdale at his first press conference. Greg Bluestein/AJC photo.
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Democratic Senate nominee Jim Barksdale at his first press conference. Greg Bluestein/AJC photo.
Democratic Senate nominee Jim Barksdale at his first press conference. Greg Bluestein/AJC photo.

Democratic Senate nominee Jim Barksdale at his first press conference this spring. Greg Bluestein/AJC photo.

Look at the headlines over the past week and it would seem that Democrat Jim Barksdale’s U.S. Senate campaign is spinning out of control.

Barksdale’s campaign manager and two other top staffers have departed. He’s been dissed by yet another Democratic elder in the state as others in the party who initially passed on the chance to challenge Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson continue to publicly express their regret.

And then there are the recent poll numbers that show the millionaire with dismal levels of support for any year, but particularly one where Hillary Clinton is polling within the margin of error in Georgia.

Barksdale and his remaining staff are putting their best face forward regarding an effort that seems increasingly ill-fated.

“All the polling numbers being citied today were done before we started our television advertising,” said Steve Murphy, a strategist for the campaign. “Stay tuned.”

What is clear is that Barksdale faces a steep climb over the next 40 days if he wants to deny Isakson a third term in the Senate. Read more here.  


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