President urges Georgia Democrats to the polls

Georgia Democrats have unleashed a new weapon in their campaign to recapture the Governor's Mansion after eight years of Republican control: President Obama.

President Obama is asking Georgia Democrats to vote Nov. 2.  Associated Press
Associated Press
President Obama is asking Georgia Democrats to vote Nov. 2.

Republicans, meanwhile, are giddy at the thought of their opponents advancing the GOP strategy of tying every Democratic candidate to a president who, overall, is quite unpopular in Georgia.

Obama has recorded an automated phone message urging Georgia Democrats to turn out and vote Nov. 2. His picture is also included in a mail piece showing up at Democrats' homes. Both were paid for by the Democratic Party of Georgia in an effort to rally the party's base.

Obama "has a very good favorable rating with Democrats in Georgia, and, quite frankly, if we're going to turn out Democrats, which we've got to do, then I think he is the best person to do so," said Tharon Johnson, a Democratic strategist who has worked for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, an Atlanta Democrat.

Still, it's a delicate dance for Democrats and their candidates, including Roy Barnes, the former governor seeking a return to power.

A poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc. for The Augusta Chronicle and the Georgia Newspaper Partnership in September showed only 36 percent of likely voters said they approve of Obama's job performance.

But, among Democrats in general, and blacks in particular, Obama continues to get high marks. Seventy-nine percent of Democrats approve of his job performance, as do 88 percent of black voters.

The converse, however, is equally stark. The poll found that 89 percent of Republicans and 62 percent of independents disapprove of the president's performance. That is why Republicans such as Nathan Deal, the party's nominee for governor, have been quick to link Barnes and Obama.

"Georgians are appalled and frightened by the expansion of government, soaring debt and higher taxes under President Obama and the Democratic Congress," Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said.

Robinson pointed to Barnes' contributions to Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and accused Barnes of using the president to bring out black voters this year while "he pretends that he doesn't support any of his (Obama's) policies. It's absurd."

Barnes said this week he didn't know Obama was doing the automated phone call.

In his automated phone message, the president doesn't mention Barnes, but he says: "I need you to help elect good Democratic allies in Georgia who will work with me to create jobs."

GOP leads in poll on state contests

ATLANTA --- Georgia voters are favoring Republicans all the way down the ballot, according to a survey released Thursday.

In the poll, 56 percent of those responding said they were voting for only Republicans or mostly Republicans. Those voting strictly straight party favored the GOP 38 percent to 27 percent.

GOVERNOR

Nathan Deal, R47
Roy Barnes, D39
John Monds, L4
Undecided10
  

U.S. SENATE

Johnny Isakson, R56
Mike Thurmond, D35
Chuck Donovan, L2
Undecided7
  

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Casey Cagle, R50
Carol Porter, D34
Dan Barber, L2
Undecided13
  

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER

Ralph Hudgens, R54
Mary Squires, D28
Shane Bruce, L4
Undecided14
  

AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER

Gary Black, R48
J.B. Powell, D32
Kevin Cherry, L3
Undecided17
  

-- Morris News Service

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johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 10/22/10 - 05:39 am
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Not suffering enough? Let

Not suffering enough? Let obama advise you.

Ushouldnthave
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Ushouldnthave 10/22/10 - 05:43 am
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None of the above.

None of the above.

Ga Values
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Ga Values 10/22/10 - 05:57 am
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None of the above.. John

None of the above.. John Monds & Chuck Donovan..

Chillen
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Chillen 10/22/10 - 07:28 am
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Is this an endorsement for

Is this an endorsement for Barnes? I thought Barnes was trying to steer clear of that train wreck.

chascush
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chascush 10/22/10 - 08:41 am
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"I need you to help elect

"I need you to help elect good Democratic allies in Georgia who will work with me to create jobs."
Yeah, create guvamint jobs. The community organizer had never run anything. The more Hussein campaigns the further down the DUMocrats go in the polls. Maybe he can get Pelosi to help him out.

Richmnd Cty Votr
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Richmnd Cty Votr 10/22/10 - 08:55 am
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The Progressives in both

The Progressives in both parties have hijacked the economy. They control us in Government and Business. They have been at work on this for a long time. Progressives hide in both parties as to play the parties against each other. That way they can blame the party affiliation for the problems they cause. When Americans were mad at Bush we blamed the Repubs, now we are mad at Obama and we are blaming the Democrats. When all along we should have been blaming the Progressives, since both of them are Progressives. Why do we continue to have the same problems over and over, even after we get a different party in office. It is because the leaders of each party were Progressives. We just haven't woken up to see what they were doing. We continue to vote in these Progressives because they hide behind a R or D and the American people tend to vote party lines and not the candidates. Be an Independent voter and they will have to show themselves for who they are. Blame the man or woman that did this to America and make them pay by getting them out of office. God bless all and vote.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 10/22/10 - 12:09 pm
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RCV, that's what I'm talking

RCV, that's what I'm talking about. There is no difference in R and D. They have the same goal, and that's to stay in power at all costs.

I'm trying something different. I'm VOTING LIBERTARIAN.

Boogaloo
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Boogaloo 10/22/10 - 03:46 pm
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In Georgia an endorsement

In Georgia an endorsement from Pres Obama is like having unprotected sex with a prostitute. It might feel good for a moment but you walk away wondering if you got something more than you bargained for.

chascush
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chascush 10/22/10 - 05:38 pm
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Boogaloo, ‘In Georgia an

Boogaloo, ‘In Georgia an endorsement from Pres Obama is like having unprotected sex with a prostitute.’
You insulted all hard working prostitutes comparing them too Hussein.

sgachief
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sgachief 10/23/10 - 07:22 am
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no obamacrats for me. a vote

no obamacrats for me. a vote for libertarian is a wasted vote. nobama, no barnes!!!

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 10/23/10 - 07:35 am
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These phone messages are

These phone messages are targeting which voting 'block' I wonder?

55 F-100
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55 F-100 10/23/10 - 08:09 am
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Prezbhojangles will have

Prezbhojangles will have nothing to do with the election results. Barnes sank his ship when he changed the state flag, and when he dissed the teachers when he was in office. Barnes is spitting into the wind and the bonus "loogie" which will fly back in his face is backing by the community organizer.

dani
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dani 10/23/10 - 04:33 pm
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I'm not a Dem, but I fully

I'm not a Dem, but I fully intend to get out and vote..
You betcha!

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