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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]

The push to #FreeGurley on Georgia’s campaign trail

  • 12:39 pm Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Tifton – Expect to hear a lot of outrage from Georgia politicians today about the NCAA’s decision to suspend Georgia star tailback Todd Gurley for two more games as punishment for accepting money from memorabilia dealers.

“I’m disappointed in the NCAA. That’s a little bit long in terms of suspending him. But at least he’ll be back for the Auburn game,” Gov. Nathan Deal said in an interview after a campaign stop in Tifton. “I’m not aware of anything we can do about it, except to do as I have done: Express our disappointment with the way we have handled [More]

The Jason Carter campaign’s secret weapon

  • 12:13 pm Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

A dispatch from our AJC colleague Jeremy Redmon, embedded this week on the Carter campaign trail:

Athens – Former President Jimmy Carter gets plenty of publicity every time he campaigns for grandson Jason Carter. But it’s former First Lady Rosalynn Carter who is the campaign’s secret weapon.

At 87, she is a tour de force on the campaign trail, shaking hands, posing for pictures and urging voters to show up next week for her grandson’s bid to oust Gov. Nathan Deal.

She campaigned with him through Atlanta, Columbus, LaGrange, Fort Valley and Macon Monday before joining him in Augusta and Athens Tuesday. When Jason [More]

Coke bottling CEO aims to take the fizz out of Michelle Nunn

  • 10:23 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

The CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises is spending $100,000 to try and knock out Democrat Michelle Nunn. “Pre-general election reports paint a partial figure of where Georgia One is getting its funding. The group had raised $125,000 as of Oct. 15—$100,000 of which came from John Brock, Chairman and CEO of Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Enterprises. It’s only other donor was a private equity firm Phoenix Financial Holdings Inc., which specializes in leveraged buyouts and secondary direct investments.”

Our AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin points out that Brock makes a good six-figure foil for former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who gave $350,000 [More]

Georgia ethics commission slapped with another lawsuit from ex-employee

  • 8:51 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

A former attorney for Georgia’s ethics commission filed a lawsuit against the watchdog agency where she once worked claiming her reputation has been permanently damaged by disparaging remarks by her ex-boss.

Elisabeth Murray-Obertein was a staff attorney for the state ethics commission who was a star witness in the trial that claimed the agency’s then-director, Holly LaBerge, bragged that she made ethics complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal’s 2010 campaign disappear. Deal has denied any wrongdoing and was cleared of major violations in those complaints.

Murray-Obertein, who left the agency in January, said Laberge made several “critical” comments about her to the media. [More]

Why Jason Carter’s license plate revs up the GOP

  • 7:00 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Republicans were more than a little revved up when an eagle-eyed supporter of Gov. Nathan Deal spotted a Florida license plate on Democrat Jason Carter’s tour bus.

You can imagine where the jokes went from there.

The Democrat’s campaign has taken to covering the license plate at tour stops, which is set to include a journey to Jacksonville to tailgate with UGA fans ahead of the Georgia-Florida game. Carter spokesman Bryan Thomas chalked the Republican swipes as a case of “tour bus envy.”

“For the record, our bus is owned and operated by a Georgia company. And we thought the governor believed in [More]

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:

Jason Carter stumps in Nathan Deal’s backyard, governor heads to Dem territory

  • 6:02 pm Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Gainesville – Democrat Jason Carter and his famous grandfather made incursions into Gov. Nathan Deal’s backyard, signaling they wouldn’t concede any part of Georgia in the race to lead the state. The governor, meanwhile, trekked deep into Democratic territory to mine for votes with a message that the economy was on the rebound.

Former President Jimmy Carter campaigned for his grandson in Sandersville, the middle Georgia town where Deal grew up. After mentioning that he won Washington County when he ran for governor and president, the elder Carter said Georgia is failing to realize its “tremendous potential” under Republican leadership.

“We are [More]

On the Senate trail: A respite from ‘outsourcing,’ lots of Obamacare

  • 5:28 pm Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Our AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin, just filed this report from the road:

SAVANNAH – Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn wrapped up a pair of volunteer projects Tuesday with an unusual plea for the 50 or volunteers gathered in Pulaski Elementary School’s library.

“We’re going to keep it completely non-political today,” Nunn said. “And I hope everyone gets out and votes, whatever your political persuasion is.”

It’s a pretty good bet the room was full of her supporters, although to stay within school district rules, the event, where Nunn and other volunteers read to children, was decidedly non-partisan. No campaign signs or [More]

A Fulton County judge’s ruling: ‘No proof’ of lost registered voters

  • 3:38 pm Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Our AJC colleague Kristina Torres has the details here, but below you will find a copy of the ruling by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Christopher Brasher decision not to intervene on behalf of those alleging that tens of thousands of newly registered voters have been lost in the system.

The lawsuit was filed by the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights earlier this month. Here’s the meat of Brasher’s ruling, giving Secretary of State Brian Kemp a win just a week before the Nov. 4 election:

In this case…the Petitioners have failed to set out a denial of the performance [More]

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