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  •  Is Deal really that hated? (1+ / 0-)
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    I've heard that he's corrupt, but he's doing that badly against a little-known (even with a famous last name) state senator?

    Leftist Mormon in Utah, Born in Washington State, live in UT-04 (Matheson).

    by Gygaxian on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 11:58:19 AM PDT

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    •  Do they know he's that type of Carter? (1+ / 0-)
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      Carter is obviously known in Georgia, but is his family's presence so ubiquitous even now that people think someone is related to Jimmy Carter if they hear the last name?

      You're a Constitutional conservative. I'm a Constitutional conservative. Who isn't a Constitutional conservative? We are all proud Constitutional conservatives. Ted Cruz in 2016!

      by bjssp on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:28:05 PM PDT

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      •  Except that Jimmy Carter is not unpopular (1+ / 0-)
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        in the Peach State. He won Georgia both times in 1976 and 1980, the first time winning all 159 Georgia counties. The Carter surname still resonates.

        •  that's not terribly illustrative (8+ / 0-)

          how many voters voting in 2014 will have voted in Georgia in 1976?

          ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

          by James Allen on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:50:30 PM PDT

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          •  That's my argument about Nunn (2+ / 0-)
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            But whatever, time will tell.

            "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

            by rdw72777 on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:55:36 PM PDT

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          •  PPP December 2012 Poll (3+ / 0-)
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            Deal was up against Jason Cater 46-38, and he had slightly better approvals of 37/40 too - it could be an indication that Deal has slipped slightly, but its probably more likely to do with the poll's margin of error.

            But interestingly, Jimmy Carter sported a decent 55/39 approval rating in Georgia:

            Very Liberal: 93-7
            Somewhat Liberal: 80-14
            Moderate: 72 -23
            Somewhat Conservative: 41-46
            Very Conservative 21-72

            That's not overwhelmingly brilliant, and its nowhere near Sam Nunn's favourability of 56-12, but its still a decent +16.

        •  I'm not saying Carter is unpopular. (1+ / 0-)
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          I'm asking whether voters--many of whom are probably very removed from the Carter era in the state--really associate the name Carter with the former president. It wouldn't surprise me if they do, but if that's not the case, it might be an indication Deal is fairly unpopular, period, meaning we might defeat him with more than just one person. I think we see something like that in the fact that Generic Democrat does roughly the same as Carter.

          You're a Constitutional conservative. I'm a Constitutional conservative. Who isn't a Constitutional conservative? We are all proud Constitutional conservatives. Ted Cruz in 2016!

          by bjssp on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 01:02:33 PM PDT

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          •  I'd assume virtually everyone would (1+ / 0-)
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            If they never heard of him before, but they heard some white state senator named Carter running for Georgia Gov as a Dem?  

            Chances that he is related to Jimmy Carter are 99%.

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            by tommypaine on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 02:51:03 PM PDT

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    •  He's had troubles (7+ / 0-)

      Of the economic variety. He signed an Arizona-style immigration bill after taking office (just like Bentley of AL), which quickly led to a full-blown labor crisis when it came time to harvest crops and suddenly there was nobody there to do it. Food was rotting on the vine, as it were. Same thing happened in AL too.

      Not such a good first impression to make on the electorate, though arguably they're being hypocritical since I imagine the bill was pretty popular when Deal signed it.

    •  corruption problems (2+ / 0-)
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      We should start a meme, labelling the governor "Shady Deal" because of the corruption accusations.

    •  His ethical problems have been in the news (2+ / 0-)
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      again because of this. Not sure if that's enough for him to lose.

      Carter isnt very well known, but I dont know if he is little known. When the very thin Dem bench is discussed, his name is at or near the top along with Rep. Scott Holcomb and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

      Carter has also done a lot of work on education policy, which gets him on the local news/programs sometimes.

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