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February 13, 2016

Ratings Change: Georgia Governor

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia is in a competitive race for re-election against Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter. But the limited public, automated polls — some of which showed Carter with a significant lead — appear to be driving a narrative of the race that doesn’t match reality.

Deal endured some negative headlines for his handling of a severe ice storm in the Atlanta area, and his state ethics commission director alleges the governor’s office pressured her to make ethics complaints against Deal’s 2010 campaign go away. Some GOP strategists also admit the governor isn’t particularly well-defined for an incumbent about to finish his first term.

But that doesn’t mean Deal is on the verge of defeat.

We’re changing the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rating of the race from Republican Favored to Leans Republican because the race is competitive and Republicans have some work to do to discredit Carter through a paid media campaign. But the nature of Georgia and the midterm cycle should work in the governor’s favor in the end, and we regard the buzz about Deal’s extreme vulnerability as a considerable exaggeration.

  • nkbay99

    Is that the grandson of Carter who released the famous (or infamous) tapes of Romney’s meeting? If so, he merits not votes, only disgust

    • Nobama

      Actually that was his cousin James E. Carter IV. However your point is well taken since any relation to that Jew-hating, terrorist loving, bitter old fool is deserving of…like you said, disgust.

    • EdKulzer

      Why might that be? Did Romney not channel the Ayn Rand libertarian sect’s rhetoric— but only in the comfort of a hedge fund manager billionaire’s fund raiser behind closed doors? Did he not say those things? THAT was worthy of ‘disgust’, and received what it deserved.

  • meanmarine

    He should be a chip off the old blockhead his grandfather Jimmy Carter. The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree

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