I’ve said for two years that the only man who could beat Jim Marshall was Rick Goddard, the retired General who ran the local air force base. I went to hear Goddard speak tonight at an event. He’s got a bit of the lack of polish of a new candidate, but then it was just a small get together and he wasn’t being very formal.
I think this district leans Marshall, but I see a clear path to victory for Rick Goddard, especially considering the present number of Democrats nationally who are no longer looking at helping a Marshall because they think they can keep the House without him and he votes against things like SCHIP.
Marshall only won by 1700 votes last year against Mac Collins, who didn’t run a well oiled campaign in my opinion, both running in a relatively new district that leans Republican. If Hillary is the nominee, I think you’ll see districts like the 8th in Georgia turn out a huge white male demographic to try to shut her down, and they’ll vote for the General over Marshall. In fact, looking at turn out models, I think you’ll see substantial additional people turn out in a Presidential year in this district and most of these people will be Republican, given the district demographics.
GA-08 leans Marshall, but I’m starting to see a clear path for Goddard.