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Jack Kingston becomes a witness for Michelle Nunn’s prosecution

  • 6:01 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, defeated by businessman David Perdue in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, has been a generous supporter of his party’s nominee in the general election. But he hasn’t been able to erase what was said – as the Michelle Nunn campaign points out this morning:

Jimmy Carter uses the word ‘prison’ in jab at Nathan Deal. In jest.

  • 1:48 pm Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Our AJC colleague Jeremy Redmon was with Democrat Jason Carter’s campaign this morning in Columbus. Here’s his dispatch:

Columbus – Former President Jimmy Carter blasted Gov. Nathan Deal’s record on voting rights Monday – and even took an indirect shot at the Republican’s ethics — as he campaigned with grandson Jason Carter before a raucous crowd of supporters here.

The former president started his criticism of Deal with an anecdote about his grandson serving in the U.S. Peace Corps in South Africa at the turn of the century, a period in which he met the late anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela. Carter said [More]

A dissected debate for U.S. Senate: iPhones, women, guns and Harry Reid

  • 9:47 am Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

The three candidates for U.S. Senate held their second of three debates on Sunday, which became a jumble of strikes and counterstrikes between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue, with Libertarian Amanda Swafford watching mostly from the sidelines.

Read a complete account here. But if you’re in a video frame of mind, we’ve boiled down the 60-minute confrontation to these clips:

RUBBER STAMP: That’s what Perdue has called Nunn, and he does so again. Nunn points out areas where she disagrees with President Barack Obama, including the Keystone pipeline, military spending, and his lack of engagement with Congress:

iPHONE GUILT: Just [More]

At Young Harris College, a tale of three Democratic women

  • 9:00 am Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Contradictions abounded in one particular north Georgia valley last Thursday.

Ostensibly, the gathering on the leafy campus of Young Harris College was strictly non-political – the dedication of a new $41 million building and, within it, the Zell and Shirley Miller Library.

But the audience was stocked with multiple generations of Georgians who live and breathe electoral politics. Three of every five in the crowd could tell you the point spreads in the latest polls for U.S. Senate and governor. Four of five could tell you why the polls are wrong.

The top draws for the afternoon were both [More]

At campaign event, Nathan Deal previews jobs annoucement

  • 12:01 am Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

The Georgia GOP kicked off the separate statewide bus tours for Gov. Nathan Deal and U.S. Senate hopeful David Perdue Friday night at the Cobb GOP headquarters in Marietta with a packed house and an all-star cast.

Deal mounted an extended defense of his economic team took the opportunity to tout a timely Monday announcement of 650 new jobs, which by his count would make 1,800 new Georgia jobs in two weeks.

“All of that doesn’t just happen,” Deal said. “It means we have to have people who are working together.”

Approached after the event, Deal offered no further details about the economic [More]

GOP pollster: Early voting among African-Americans outpacing 2010

  • 8:19 pm Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Mark Rountree, the Republican-oriented pollster behind Landmark Communications, sends word this evening that early voting among African-Americans in Georgia is outpacing 2010, a legitimate reason for GOP worry.

According to Rountree, who was behind today’s poll released by Channel 2 Action News, noted that, of the 307,703 voters who have cast early ballots, 30 percent are African-American. Sixty-six percent are white.

In 2010, at the same time – when the early voting period was significantly larger – 26 percent of the 253,999 who had voted were African-American. Seventy-two percent were white.

Take a look at his calculations here.

Rountree says that Secretary [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:


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]

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]