It’s not exactly a well kept secret that Governor Nathan Deal has been quitely backing Doug Collins for his old seat in Congress. While I still can’t find the word “endorse” anywhere, Governor Deal’s support has grown a bit louder this weekend, courtesy of a robo-call going out to 9th district voters. The audio is as follows, per a Collins press release:
“Hello, this is Governor Nathan Deal. I just wanted to thank you for honoring me with the privilege of serving our great state. As you prepare to vote in Tuesday’s Republican runoff, I wanted to tell you about my good friend, Doug Collins. Doug has served as my Floor Leader in the State House, and he’s helped me enact laws that protect life, crack down on illegal immigration and cut taxes to promote jobs. A Christian conservative, Doug Collins will stand up to Barack Obama, eliminate wasteful spending and cut the debt as well as our taxes. Again, this is Governor Nathan Deal. I thank you for your time.”
The only poll publicly released showed a tight race, with Zoller just outside the margin of error with a lead. She also piled up a large number of high profile endorsements from conservative media and TEA Party leaders (Sarah Palin, Erick Erickson, Herman Cain, and Sadie Fields, to name a few). Collins, however, has the support of former Governor/Senator Zell Miller and now some spoken words from Governor Deal on his behalf.
The continued theme comes down to the wire: Whose endorsements matter most? Respected leaders among the conservative base who live outside the district, or those within the 9th that voters have once had serve them. We’ll know Tuesday night.