Poll gives Democrats a shot at governor's race

The poll, conducted by Landmark Communications/Rosetta Stone, found that Deal leads Carter by a margin of 43 percent to 39 percent. That's within the poll's four-point margin of error. About one-fifth of voters remain undecided, and where they break could determine the race.

It's the latest poll that shows Deal hovering within a few percentage points of the critical 50 percent barrier. Polls give him a consistent advantage against his two GOP challengers, former Dalton Mayor David Pennington and state Superintendent John Barge. But his numbers dip against Carter, the grandson of the former president who faces no primary challenge of his own next month.

A second round of WSB polling is to be released tonight with head-to-head matchups of Democrat front-runner Michelle Nunn against the top GOP Senate candidates.

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Senate candidate Karen Handel's campaign sends out fundraising blasts, sometimes by the hour, and apparently one of the recipients is rival GOP contender David Perdue. It seems that Perdue had an unusual reaction when he received one of those notes from a Handel ally, state Sen. Josh McKoon, touting her as "the best candidate" to defeat the Democrat in November.

"Thanks, Josh," Perdue wrote McKoon. "The latest poll numbers have her doing her usual. Thank you!"

Ouch.

McKoon told us he finds it "ironic that the candidate running ads depicting his opponents as 'crybabies' would act like a child in his response to my email." He went on to call on Perdue to be open with the public about the snafu.

Perdue's spokesman Derrick Dickey said it "was an honest mistake and no disrespect was intended." He said Perdue was simply catching up on emails and "thought one of his supporters had forwarded a message from the Handel campaign alerting him that she was attacking" given her struggles in recent polls.

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Echols is a staunch defender of the group and is one of the most outspoken critics of the National Right to Life's decision on Saturday to boot the group and endorse an upstart organization called Georgia Life Alliance. The root of the challenge came as a result of GRTL’s fierce opposition to allowing abortion exceptions for rape and incest.

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The U.S. House passed by unanimous voice vote a bill co-written by Sens. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Bob Casey, D-Pa., to reauthorize $300 million a year in funding for graduate medical education at children’s hospitals. It now goes to the president’s desk.

The bill reauthorizes the program – first created by Congress in 1999 – through 2018. Here’s what Isakson had to say:

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The Handel campaign expects a visit from Palin to Georgia at some point, but the details have not been finalized.

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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