May 24

Carter Leads Deal In Poll Following Release of Ethics Memo

first_img For Whom The Bell Rings Related Stories Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility ??:?? | Play story Add to My ListIn My List A new poll has Senator Jason Carter leading Governor Nathan Deal 49 percent to 41 percent in the Georgia governor’s race. The Landmark Communications poll conducted for channel 2 comes just after the release of a memo by the head of Georgia’s ethics commission. In the memo, Holly LaBerge claims top Deal aids pressured her to quietly settle ethics complaints against the governor and threatened the commission’s authority.??:??University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock says the release of the memo and the state’s recent settling of several ethics lawsuits has likely had an effect on the race.“I think the continued news coverage in that area is probably beginning to show its impact.”Landmark Communications President Mark Rountree says there were no questions about ethics or the memo asked during the July 15 survey.Rountree also says the timing of the poll, which took place just after the release of the memo is purely coincidental.“It was just simply the date that had been agreed upon for the survey to go out. The two events had nothing to do with each other.”Rountree says the poll is a shift from previous polls conducted by his organization, which leans conservative. In March, Deal led Carter 43 to 39. Rountree says Republican support for Deal has remained relatively the same, but he says other voters have moved toward Carter.“The Democrats have consolidated around Jason Carter, their candidate, and independent voters have shifted toward the Democratic change. It may be a temporary change. Campaigns have their ups and downs.”Meanwhile, Carter campaign spokesman Bryan Thomas says the poll is further evidence the momentum is shifting in Carter’s direction.“We’re seeing that in fundraising, we’re seeing that in polling, but more importantly we’re seeing that on the ground as Jason is out talking to voters about education and the economy.”In a statement, Deal spokesperson Jen Talaber said, “I can’t comment on the accuracy of the poll without having been provided the crosstabs. It’s dubious to poll during a week when people have only heard one side of a story. At some point, Carter will have to talk about the issues and Deal’s record of success and that’s why we’re going to win this election.”  Share ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img

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