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Nathan Deal pivots to black voters in election’s final days

  • 1:03 pm Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

If Gov. Nathan Deal hopes to avoid a runoff on Tuesday, a big part of his calculation involves peeling off more black voters from Democrat Jason Carter.

He ratcheted up his appeal to black voters at a metro Atlanta campaign swing today, where he was endorsed by about a dozen black preachers in McDonough who praised the governor’s criminal justice overhaul and blasted a controversial Democratic turnout flyer that invoked the unrest in the Missouri town of Ferguson.

“That flyer wanted to compare us to Missouri and Ferguson. And that’s not the case in Georgia,” said Tony Lowden, a minister at a [More]

Poll shows Republicans ahead, while Democrats profess confidence

  • 12:32 pm Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Conservative Super PAC Ending Spending Action Fund commissioned a poll that shows Gov. Nathan Deal and Senate hopeful David Perdue ahead of their Democratic counterparts — but still just short of the 50 percent needed to win outright on Tuesday.

The auto-dial poll toplines, from GOP-leaning Vox Populi:

For Governor:

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal — 49 percent

Democrat Jason Carter — 42 percent

Libertarian Andrew Hunt — 3 percent

For Senate

Republican David Perdue — 48 percent

Democrat Michelle Nunn — 43 percent

Libertarian Amanda Swafford — 3 percent

The poll’s sample is 29 percent African-American, 57 percent female. It has both Deal and Perdue winning among women, [More]

How Republicans unearthed the Michelle Nunn memo: They ‘Googled’ her

  • 9:13 am Friday, October 31st, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

Mystery solved. We now know the skullduggery Republican tacticians used to get hold of Michelle Nunn’s internal campaign memo.


The National Republican Senatorial Committee’s Rob Collins revealed the secret at a Politico event with his Democratic counterpart on Wednesday. Here’s Politico’s account:

Collins said this was a joint effort with America Rising, a conservative outside group that the NRSC pays. He said he initially imagined that researchers had found the memo on the “insane dark web.”

“No,” asserted Collins. “We basically Googled Michelle Nunn, and we hit the second page on Google, and there was a link right next to it. … [More]

Georgia GOP: Jason Carter is ‘Obama’s best chance at a third term’

  • 3:42 pm Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

The Georgia GOP is out with a robocall – aimed at points outside metro Atlanta, presumably — that puffs up Jason Carter to a significant degree. Electing him governor, the voice argues, is the equivalent of awarding President Barack Obama with a third term. Listen:


The active ingredents:

“Liberals are hoping we stay home in next week’s election, so they can elect Jason Carter for governor and essentially hand Barack Obama a third term here in Georgia. ….Jason Carter isn’t just a liberal. He’s Barack Obama’s best chance at a third term.”

Our thanks to the nice woman on Facebook who tipped [More]

Closing arguments: Nathan Deal can’t resist a final shot at Jason Carter

  • 12:01 pm Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

Closing arguments in Nov. 4 general election campaign hit Georgia television today.

Early this morning, we pointed you to the final argument of Jason Carter, the Democratic candidate for governor. So we’ll lead this post with what Republican incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal hopes will be his final say in the contest.

Closers are usually upbeat, an attempt to give voters a reason to vote for the candidate. But Deal couldn’t resist a final shot at Carter:
Here’s the needle: “My opponent’s false attacks? Camouflage for his four years of no accomplishment [More]

In coastal swing, Nathan Deal plunges for ports

  • 11:16 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Rincon – It doesn’t take long for Gov. Nathan Deal to bring up the deepening of Savannah’s port at any campaign stop, but it surfaced particularly quickly during his swing through coastal Georgia.

The governor has long pledged to start dredging Savannah’s port by the end of the year, and it’s been a constant theme of his re-election campaign. But rarely is it so loud than at stops over the last two days at St. Simons, Darien and Rincon, where he told supporters it will keep southeast Georgia’s economy humming.

“We finally got the sign-off. And we were able to start [More]

Jason Carter’s closing argument: ‘Georgia will be leading the way again’

  • 7:26 pm Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Jason Carter is plastering the airwaves with an optimistic closing TV ad that contrasts with the negative spots that he’s used to bruise Gov. Nathan Deal in the final leg of the race for governor.

The ad shows the smiling 39-year-old Atlanta state senator greeting voters and vowing to bring a new direction to Georgia. “Georgia will be leading the way again,” it says.

It came as he brought his campaign to the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where pastor Raphael Warnock called him his “brother from another mother.” The AJC’s Jeremy Redmon was there as Carter told dozens of mostly [More]

A ‘gift year’ for Democrats creates a state in play

  • 5:47 pm Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

No doubt, you want to know who will win next Tuesday. And because you are such a good and faithful reader, just this once I’ll bend the bylaws of the Grand Order of Media Conspirators and clue you in:

Your winners will be Johnny Isakson, Hillary Clinton, and maybe Kasim Reed.

Now, if you’re as sharp as I think you are, you’ll notice that none of these three are on the Nov. 4 ballot. That requires some explanation.

A few days ago at the state Capitol, I ran into a prominent Democratic state lawmaker and inquired about the state of things. She offered [More]

Jason Carter casts early ballot, Nathan Deal treks through rural Georgia

  • 3:12 pm Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Democrat Jason Carter cast an early ballot for himself at a south DeKalb mall while Gov. Nathan Deal stumped for votes in rural south Georgia.

“It is an important moment for me, without a doubt,” the grandson of the former president told our AJC colleague Jeremy Redmon after voting. “There is a sense of it coming down to reality. And I have this sense of calm about it but I’m also excited.”

At the same time, the governor embarked on a grueling stretch that brought him to Sylvester, Tifton, Moultrie and Valdosta before lunchtime. At each stop, he mocked his opponent’s vow [More]

New poll shows David Perdue, Nathan Deal opening up leads

  • 12:58 pm Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Monmouth University is out with a live-caller poll today that shows Republicans Gov. Nathan Deal and U.S. Senate hopeful David Perdue opening up leads in their respective races and nearing the 50 percent mark to avoid a runoff — though they aren’t there yet.

Here’s the full memo. The toplines:

For Senate

David Perdue — 49 percent

Michelle Nunn — 41 percent

Amanda Swafford — 3 percent

For governor:

Nathan Deal — 48 percent

Jason Carter — 42 percent

Andrew Hunt — 5 percent

The sample is 55 percent female. There is no racial breakdown in the polling memo, but the pollster reports on Twitter that the African-American [More]