Deal, Carter Rally Base As Potential Runoff Looms

October 27, 2014 9:38 PM
Deal, Carter Rally Base As Potential Runoff Looms
" COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — With a runoff increasingly likely in Georgia’s tight gubernatorial race, Republican Gov. Nathan Deal is rallying his conservative base in north Georgia while Democrat Jason Carter is getting a boost from his grandfather, former President Jimmy Carter, who’s appealing to black voters in some of the state’s largest metro areas.

The two campaigns are crisscrossing the state in the final days before the Nov. 4 election, holding rallies from Cornelia to Columbus. Polls suggest neither candidate will claim a majority needed to avoid a runoff and that a third-party candidate, Libertarian Andrew Hunt, could draw up to 6 percent of the vote.

On Monday, Deal had rallies in six cities across north Georgia, home to the state’s largest concentration of Republican voters. Those voters were key to a GOP sweep of statewide offices in 2010. Carter spent the day in south and middle Georgia, joined by his grandparents and Reps. John Lewis and Sanford Bishop for a rally in the parking lot of a predominantly black church in Columbus.

Former President Carter said his grandson was running “to help people in need.”

“All of us are in need of freedom "

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