Game over: Jason Carter has won the coveted Patterson Hood endorsement.
Just kidding—nobody’s sealed the deal yet. But introducing the Drive-By Truckers—whom Carter befriended while attending UGA law school—at a sold-out Tabernacle show certainly doesn’t hurt the Democratic gubernatorial nominee’s chances. This is just a guess, but I doubt Gov. Nathan Deal has Southern Rock Opera on his iPod.
Post-show w next Gov. of Georgia Jason Carter. What a really cool and smart guy. He’s pulling out of here to WIN! (Photo by Jenn Bryant).
Deal, meanwhile, quietly slipped into town on Thursday to attend a county commissioners’ convention at the Georgia center. That was the same day Todd Gurley was suspended. Coincidence?
— Matt McGrath (@md_mcgrath) October 9, 2014
We’re all singing from the same hymnbook when it comes to Gurley. From Flagpole intern Stephanie Talmadge:
In other election news, a new poll from Landmark Communications has Deal and Carter tied with 45 percent each and Senate candidates David Perdue and Michelle Nunn tied with 46 percent each. A few thoughts:
• Landmark is one of the few polling firms that, in my opinion, is accurately predicting female and African American turnout (others are underestimating it).
• There’s a huge gender gap—women are voting for Democrats by double-digit margins, and it’s the opposite for men.
• Undecided voters are making up their minds, and they’re breaking for Republicans.
• We’re almost certain to have runoffs, where Republicans historically are much better at bringing their supporters back to the polls.
• In four down-ballot races—lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general and agriculture commissioner—the Republican officeholders look like they’ll win handily. The power of incumbency, I guess. Valarie Wilson in the open school superintendent race is probably Democrat’s best chance to pick off a down-ballot race.
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