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Rasmussen Poll: Carter Leads in GA Gov Race

It's just a snapshot, but it is a Rasmussen poll, which Nate Silver and other poll analysts believe have tended to favor GOP candidates. From Rasmussen Reports:

Monday, May 26, 2014

Incumbent Republican Nathan Deal trails Democratic challenger Jason Carter by seven points in Rasmussen Reports' first look at the Georgia gubernatorial race problems and Governor Deal's ethical violations.

A new statewide telephone survey of Likely Georgia Voters finds Carter with 48% support to Deal's 41%. Three percent (3%) like another candidate in the race, while seven percent (7%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

This is very good news for Carter's campaign, accompanied as it should be by the usual caveats about snapshot polls, lots of time left, low midterm turnouts etc. But Carter also has some potent issues to leverage in the campaign ahead, including Medicaid expansion, fading educational opportunities and Deal's ethical messes. Along with Democrat Michelle Nunn enjoying a modest lead in the Senate race, Carter's lead should encourage a more substantial investment from the national party in turning out pro-Democratic constituencies in Georgia.