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In a new poll former Governor and Democratic nominee Roy Barnes is now tied with former congressman and Republican nominee Nathan Deal.

Both candidates have 42 percent of the support in a poll taken Thursday night, just hours after Rep. Deal's second financial scandal.

11 percent are undecided. The MoE is 3.6 percent. Full details available here: InsiderAdvantage and Southern Political Report

Folks, we have a real race in Georgia.

From Matt Towery:

Clearly this was a tough week for Deal as the poll showed a substantial drop in support among female voters and nearly 10 percent of Republicans voting for Barnes. Barnes gained among independent voters but Deal still leads him in that category. There are two ways to look at this situation. Yes, the poll took place while news stories about Deal’s loans were coming out. But it also was taken before Barnes had the chance to run heavy ad buys beating Deal up on the issue.

Read that again: Deal is losing the support of female voters (who vote in the majority) and 10 percent of Republicans say they will vote for Barnes.

This morning, Nathan Deal held a conference call where he muted all callers and read from a script for 10 minutes.

The AJC describes the call this way: ‘I understand Georgia’s pain’

Georgia will need some help from this community. Come on everybody, join the fight.

Originally posted to BryanLong on Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 10:10 AM PDT.

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