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David Perdue gets a Rand Paul endorsement

  • 3:09 pm Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Here’s a campaign trail dispatch from our AJC colleague Nicholas Fouriezos:

MCDONOUGH — Officially, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s purpose for visiting Henry County was to vaunt David Perdue in his effort against Democrat Michelle Nunn to join Paul in the legislature’s upper chamber. The Kentucky Republican played that part admirably Friday, trumpeting Perdue’s business record while drawing comparisons to his own medical career outside of politics.

“I have a good job and skills and I can go back to it any time I want, so I’m unafraid to do what’s right and I think David will be the same,” Paul said. “We’ve [More]

Jack Kingston backs David Perdue in $1.3 million Super PAC ad campaign

  • 2:46 pm Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Ending Spending Action Fund has thrown down $1.3 million for a closing television ad campaign featuring Republican David Perdue’s vanquished runoff foe, Rep. Jack Kingston.

Kingston speaks direct to camera touting Perdue’s qualities and once again tying Democrat Michelle Nunn to President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Alas, there is no sighting of Kingston’s Roadmaster.

Ending Spending’s Brian Baker said the ad will run statewide, with a heavy emphasis on Kingston’s South Georgia territory — including the Tallahassee and Jacksonville markets. The investment means Ending Spending will spend more than $5 million on Georgia’s Senate race this year.

Here’s [More]

Exclusive AJC poll: Nathan Deal opens small lead, Senate race in virtual tie

  • 11:35 am Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll shows Gov. Nathan Deal opening up a small lead over Democrat Jason Carter , while fellow Republican David Perdue has an advantage within the margin of error over Democrat Michelle Nunn in the U.S. Senate race.

The poll, conducted by Abt SRBI of New York of 1,170 Georgians from Oct. 16-23, shows no candidate in Georgia’s top two races approaching 50 percent of likely voters. With Libertarian candidates pulling away a small but significant chunk of voters, runoffs loom for both races. The toplines:

For governor:

– Deal, 46 percent;

– Carter, 41 percent;

– Libertarian Andrew Hunt, 5 percent;

For U.S. Senate:

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The first of three Friday polls: CNN says Michelle Nunn, Jason Carter leading races

  • 9:08 am Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

This weekend will be awash in polls. An AJC-sponsored survey will be out this morning, as will a separate on from Channel 2 Action News. But we’ll start with a new CNN poll conducted with live callers — a rarity in Georgia this year — that shows the top-ticket Democrats with small leads within the margin of error. – Democrat Michelle Nunn: 47 percent;

– Republican David Perdue: 44 percent;

– Libertarian Amanda Swafford: 5 percent;

For governor:

– Democrat Jason Carter: 48 percent;

– Republican Gov. Nathan Deal: 46 percent;

– Libertarian Andrew Hunt: 6 percent;

Likely Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be draw for [More]

Barack Obama: ‘If Michelle Nunn wins, that means … we can keep on doing some good work.’

  • 5:05 pm Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

JACKSON — We told you earlier this week about President Barack Obama’s call-in to V-103 in Atlanta to fire up Democratic base voters, in lieu of an in-person visit.

The audio of the interview belatedly posted today and it included a quote coming to an attack ad near you:

“If Michelle Nunn wins, that means that Democrats keep control of the Senate. And that means that we can keep on doing some good work. So it is critically important to make sure that folks vote.”

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful David Perdue, who has owned the fact that he’s running against [More]

A complicated event featuring Zell and Shirley Miller, Sam and Michelle Nunn

  • 3:43 pm Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Young Harris, Ga. – This afternoon’s dedication of the Zell and Shirley Library on the small but scenic campus of Young Harris College was a complicated occasion.

Though formally a non-political event, it was stocked with multiple generations of Georgians who live and breathe electoral politics.

Presiding was Cathy Cox, the 2006 Democratic candidate for governor, who for the last seven years has served as the college’s president.

Former U.S. Senator Zell Miller was the star of the program. The library is recognition of his close ties to the institution, where he was on the faculty – but also where his family once [More]

In search of black voters: Democrats point to Ferguson, GOP emphasizes lower prison rate

  • 8:36 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

We now have a pretty clear picture of the messages Republicans and Democrats are sending to African-American voters in the last few days leading up to Nov. 4.

Playing this morning on The stark images have upset many Republicans:

“It’s despicable,” said Gov. Nathan Deal.

“It is really regrettable that anyone would resort to scare tactics to try to get people to vote. Georgia is not Missouri. Georgia has elected more African-American leaders — mayors, county commissioners, et cetera — than any other state in the country. We have a long history of good race relations, and I cannot understand why the [More]

John Barrow pulls out his granddaddy’s anti-lynchin’ pistol again

  • 10:21 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

Rep. John Barrow’s Barrow mourns how “Washington Democrats look down on people for carrying firearms.”

The kicker: “Like my daddy used to say, you never really need a gun unless you need it bad.”

The second new spot from Barrow today swings to attack Republican Rick Allen from the right on immigration.

The main critique of Allen is that We told you on Tuesday that the state Democratic party had sent out an early-voting turnout mailer aimed at African-Americans, using images from Ferguson, Mo.

The images were stark. Here’s the explanation from Michael Smith, the Democratic spokesman:

“The fight for the right to vote [More]

Only one-third of 183,416 new voters describe themselves as white

  • 9:28 am Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

The good news for Republicans in Georgia: Since March 1, 183,416 new voters have registered, according to Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

That’s a good deal less than the number many, including Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, have said is necessary for a statewide Democratic victory on Nov. 4.

The bad news for Republicans: Only one-third of those new voters described themselves as white. While they make up a much smaller portion of Georgia’s voting population, African-Americans – who provide a reliable base for Democrats – accounted for nearly 37 percent of new voters.

In 2012, whites made up 59 percent of the voting [More]

Obama’s Ebola czar was a Michelle Nunn campaign adviser

  • 6:00 am Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Ron Klain starts work tomorrow as President Barack Obama’s Ebola “czar,” or point person to coordinate various agencies involved in containing the outbreak.

That means the longtime Democratic hand no longer has time to help out Michelle Nunn’s U.S. Senate bid. Klain, a former chief of staff to vice presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden and frequent debate prepper, was to lead Nunn’s preparation for her debates against Republican David Perdue, according to the infamous internal campaign memo.

We’re told that Klain did advise the campaign for a while but has more pressing matters to deal with now.

The announcement last [More]