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Gov. Deal tops voter poll

Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 8:28 AM
Last updated 8:43 PM
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ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal is leading his Democratic challenger in a poll conducted for Morris News and WAGA-TV that was released Thursday, and it also shows that 57 percent of voters are aware of ethics allegations against the governor.

Two Republicans hope to defeat Deal in the primary, but the survey done Monday of 529 registered voters didn’t ask about them. It posed a matchup between Deal and Sen. Jason Carter in the general election.

The governor had the support of 44 percent while Carter had 22 percent. The remaining 34 percent were undecided with a 4.6 percent margin of error.

Pollster Matt Towery, a former GOP legislator, notes that the incumbent has a large lead but that Carter hasn’t begun advertising and has yet to crack 45 percent in any poll since taking office.

Deal’s support among women is 10 percent lower than his backing from men.

“At the moment Deal needs only six more points to assure reelection, so he remains a strong favorite. But as is usually the case, the race is not a cakewalk,” Towery said. “If Carter can move female voters and find a way to increase African-American turnout over past years, the race could be very close.”

Deal is likely to be attacked for allegations related to campaign spending in his first gubernatorial campaign and claims his staff manipulated an ethics commission into the spending. Male voters, who are most aware of the allegations, are also Deal’s strongest supporters, Towery notes.

“The largest demographic that responded that they were unaware of ethics stories were African-American voters, who are likely to fall into the Carter camp by next November,” he said.

“It appears, absent some knockout blow, that the stories related to Deal and ethics will not cost him reelection -- with one cautionary note: that being that independent voters and females appear less aware of the stories and allegations, and their vote could make the race a closer one in November,” Towery said.

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dahreese
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dahreese 01/10/14 - 11:07 am
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NO Deal !!!
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NO Deal !!!

teaparty
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teaparty 01/10/14 - 11:37 am
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Deal is MUCH BETTER THAN ANY
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Deal is MUCH BETTER THAN ANY democrat

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Bizkit 01/10/14 - 12:39 pm
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Sadly Deal is much better

Sadly Deal is much better than any democrat-but that is just because the Dem party is now the "Liar Party" . So a choice between the "Stupid party" and the "Liar Party"-I'll take stupid.

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Dixieman 01/10/14 - 01:42 pm
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Good

Lay off the personal insults. He has been a good governor and will continue to be one.

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dichotomy 01/10/14 - 03:50 pm
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Deal has been a fair to

Deal has been a fair to middlin' governor and at least he had the guts to stand up to Obamacare Medicaid expansion and the ultimate state tax burden that would put on GA taxpayers.

He is certainly better than any Obama boot licking Democrat.

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GACopprhed 01/10/14 - 04:11 pm
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Yes, the Tea Party will vote for philanderers, drug addicts and crooks. They will support idiots that want to default on our responsibilities,while costing the country 24 billion dollars and let the poor go hungry and homeless. THAT is the proud platform and legacy of the Tea Party. BRILLIANT!

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teaparty 01/10/14 - 04:31 pm
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GAC, I agree we vote for a
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GAC, I agree we vote for a lot people that we would rather not but that is MUCH BETTER THAN VOTING FOR THE MARXISTS/COMMMUNISTS THAT HAVE TAKEN OVER THE DEMOCRAT PARTY. Like the racist Marxist/communist that is in the whitehouse.

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Darby 01/10/14 - 05:49 pm
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"Yes, the Tea Party will vote for philanderers,

drug addicts and crooks. They will support idiots that want to default on our responsibilities,while costing the country 24 billion dollars and let the poor go hungry and homeless. THAT is the proud platform and legacy of the Tea Party. BRILLIANT!"

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If ANY OF THAT TRIPE were true, I'd vote Democrat in a heartbeat. Fortunately, it's just the same old Greenbaum type crapola we have come to expect. It comforts us to know that liberals have never learned to think, just to regurgitate the pap that pours down on them in torrents from their manipulators at the top.

Name as many Republicans or conservatives as you can who have been convicted of crimes of moral turpitude as you can and I will name three Democrats for each one.

Name as many Republicans or conservatives who have been elected or reelected after a criminal indictment or conviction (I can't think of a one.) as you can and I will name ten Democrats. (I've been keeping a list for the last fifteen or so years.)

BRILLIANT! (Not really.)

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GACopprhed 01/10/14 - 05:49 pm
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teaparty
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You're funny....and delusional, if you think that throwing the age old, untrue MARXISTS! COMMIE!!!!! is going to work. It's untrue and doesn't work on educated, intelligent people. Keep up with the same old suthen good ole boy paranoia....it's great comedy material.

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Darby 01/10/14 - 05:52 pm
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"It's untrue and doesn't work on educated,

intelligent people."

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Are you suggesting that it might work on you?

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teaparty 01/10/14 - 06:25 pm
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"It's untrue and doesn't work
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"It's untrue and doesn't work on educated, intelligent people."
GAC, actually the ones that will not see it is uninformed ignorant people that think the democrat party is the party of their daddies. Also those that have been brainwashed by Marxist leaders and black leaders of the democrat party. Then there is the black people that were easily convinced that communism was great because of the racism that exist in the 50s and 60s. The communist party used young ignorant white girls with low morals to seduce black men into joining the communist party. The results of that were people like Obama.

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bubbasauce 01/10/14 - 09:34 pm
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Gacopperhead, the more you

Gacopperhead, the more you talk the more you show us how uneducated and uninformed you are. You and Greenbaum must have went to the same school together.

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bob0142 01/10/14 - 10:16 pm
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Speaking of Greenbaum, he
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Speaking of Greenbaum, he probably just about split a blood vessel when he saw the poll. Ha!

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Georgialina 01/11/14 - 10:20 am
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"It's untrue and doesn't work

"It's untrue and doesn't work on educated, intelligent people." Are you saying there is such a thing as an educated, intelligent democrat? They are like Big Foot, we have been told they are out there but no one has ever actually seen one!

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