Let me say something about Jeff’s comment here claiming the Perdue campaign was poorly run. Yes I’m biased as I was Perdue’s chairman in Gwinnett, but the Governor ran a darn fine campaign. Here are some facts:
1) Perdue received (unofficially) 1,207,531 votes last night, 165,854 more than 2002 – a 16% increase.
2) Only Kathy Cox (2002 and 2006), John Oxendine (2002 and 2006) and Bobby Baker (2004) have received more votes than Perdue did last night (among non-Federal GOP candidates).
3) You must go back to 1994 to find an election where the Governor’s race was at the top of the ballot. Ironicaly, ’94 was the year of Newt’s Contract With America. 1994 also featured a hotly contested race between incumbent Zell Miller and Guy Milner. Turnout in 1994 was 51.4% and this year, with a depressed GOP base and a solid lead for Perdue turnout was 49.3% (by my calculation).
4) While some here did not like Perdue’s ads, they were popular and people remembered the “Sonny Do List.” Perdue’s team also quickly realized the “Pinocchio” ad was not being well received and it disappeared. Furthermore, Perdue’s absentee ballot mailer was tremendously effective, accounting for thousands of absentee requests in Gwinnett and I suspect in other counties as well.
5) Despite the constant attacks from the Taylor campaign, and the frequent negative coverage he received, Perdue never got off message.
For these reasons, and many others, I say Perdue ran a great campaign. He started with a large lead, built on it, and closed the deal in impressive fashion yesterday.