The Real Deal on Georgia’s Gubernatorial Campaign Strategies

The former Democratic campaign finance consultant is positive that the party is making strides in Georgia, but couldn’t see a big win during midterm elections.

“The mood of the state and of the nation is really no different now than in 2012,” he mused, referring to the close presidential election between President Obama and Mitt Romney that gave the former Massachusetts governor only 53.4 percent of the public vote in Georgia, but all 16 of its electoral votes. “Midterms are all about turnout and Democratic Party candidates running up and down the ballot in Georgia basically have to rely on their own campaign’s ability to mobilize voters because the party is so ineffective at doing so.”

Still, we’ve seen a big push by Georgia Dems on the whole to get out the vote by registering new voters, particularly minorities. Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams heads the New Georgia Project, a nonpartisan organization that has registered more than 85,000 voters.

However, the state has failed to process nearly 40,000 of those new registrations. With the general election only two weeks away, the hold-up hardly seems coincidental.

After only four years in the Georgia Senate, Jason Carter might just be vying for the governor’s office to build momentum for a long, healthy political career. But the Democratic Party of Georgia is pushing to rebuild, redistrict, and reconquer their state.

'Hunt for Hunt' on the Nov. 5 ballot

An interesting turn of events put Libertarian candidate Andrew Hunt on stage on Sunday to debate with the big boys. The former CEO of a nanotechnology company, Hunt holds his Ph.D. in engineering from Georgia Tech and boasts many patents that he hopes to “put to work for the state.”

During the debate, Hunt stayed true to his libertarian roots, stating that “we have too many law-makers and not enough law-erasers.” He promised greater choice in education and declared himself “the only candidate who will bring you tax cuts.”

But it was his closing statement that indicated his real reason for running in the governor’s race and especially for appearing in the debates, with his young daughter proudly watching from the live audience.

“You have a third choice,” Hunt revealed to Georgia. “Don’t stay home.”

All three candidates expressed the need for Georgians to get to the polls on or before elections – early Sunday voting has slowly begun to spread county by county across the state. Yet as voters continue to complain over party squabbling and inadequate mainstream candidates, it is Hunt’s plea that rings loudest.

Deal must keep Republicans – and himself – in power. Carter needs to boost his and his party’s reputation in Georgia. But Hunt is the odd man out looking not only to launch a party, but maybe to start a revolution of power away from the two-party system.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4. The latest Real Clear Politics polling average has Deal up by 2.6 points.