Buddy Carter — new website up and running as he announces Congressional bid

May 6, 2013 11:04 am

by Bill Dawers · 7 comments

As has been previously reported, Buddy Carter is running for Jack Kingston’s U.S. House seat.

Sometime in the last couple of hours, Carter’s new website went live.

Carter appears at noon today at an event at the trade center on Hutchinson Island in Savannah.

I’m sure we’ll get news soon about who’s running for Carter’s state senate seat.

As Buzz noted earlier, Darwin Carter has also already announced for the 1st District House seat.

Georgia’s 1st District doesn’t lean quite as far Republican as it used to, but it’s still a safe seat for the GOP. A native of Port Wentworth, a graduate of Chatham County public schools, and a former mayor and current resident of Pooler, Carter certainly starts with strong name recognition in the Savannah area.

Brian Jack May 6, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Of note, Carter’s Senate district is wholly contained within CD1. Only two other Senate districts are wholly contained within CD1: SD-02 [Jackson (D)] and SD-03 [Ligon (R)].

drjay May 6, 2013 at 1:10 pm

I’m sure we’ll get news soon about who’s running for Carter’s state senate seat.

iirc, the paper had quoted rep. watson as saying he’s in for the senate seat if buddy runs for congress–it even mentioned who is likely running to succeed watson…

Lawton Sack May 6, 2013 at 1:18 pm

You recalled correctly.

“Buddy Carter’s pursuit of Kingston’s congressional seat would open up his state senate seat, and state Rep. Ben Watson confirmed Wednesday he will run for the state’s upper chamber if the Pooler Republican vacates the seat.

‘If the dominos do fall, I will run for state senate,’ Watson said. ‘If Buddy doesn’t decide to run, I’ll be happy to stay in the House where I am, where I’m very comfortable.’

There will be no shortage of candidates for Watson’s seat if he tries to move up, according to Simons, who said he already has signed up to lend his services to Skidaway Island native Jesse Petrea.”

Article: http://savannahnow.com/news/2013-05-02/kingston-make-senate-race-official#.UYfldbVwqjQ

northside101 May 6, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Good points by Brian Jack. Some other data on the district:

–In 2012, Romney won the district over Obama by a 56 to 43 percent margin (1 percent for the Libertarian, Gary Johnson). Romney lost Chatham, easily the largest county in the district, by about 13,000 votes, but Romney offset that margin by winning easily in adjoining Bryan County and the Effingham part of the district. Romney won the other 14 counties in the district except for Liberty. Under the current CD 1 lines, Romney would have gotten 55 percent in the district in 2008. CD 1 voted about the same way CD 12 (Barrow) did last year—Romney got 55 percent in the Augsuta-based CD 12.

—Of the approximately 261,000 voters who showed up the district lasf fall (according to Secretary of State), 29 percent of those who voted here were black, 65 percent white, 1 percent each Asians and Hispanics and 5 percent “others”.

—The district cast about 55,000 votes in last year’s Republican presidential primary, with Chatham accounting for about a third of the district’s total turnout. Gingrich got 38 percent in the current CD 1 in that contest, Romney 31 percent, Santorum 24 percent and Ron Paul 6 percent. Romney won a plurality in the primary in Chatham—the only county outside metro Atlanta that Romney won in that pres primary.

—The district cast about 52,000 votes in the 2010 GOP primary for govenror. Not surprisingly, Eric Johnson won the district (41 percent) in his bid for the GOP nomination, with Handel a distant second at 21 percent, Oxendine third at 14 percent and Deal at just 6 percent. most of the remaining 17 percent went to Jeff Chapman—speaking of which, anyone know if he is he also going to run for Congress?

Jane May 6, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Buddy is a good guy and will easily be able to keep the seat.

Lawton Sack May 6, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Sen. Carter puts a LOT of time and effort into his position as State Senator. He spends a tremendous amount of time in reading and researching proposed and prospective legislation. Plus, he is always knowledgeable about what is going on in his District. He travels all across his District, and much like Sen. Hill in my District, he seems to be everywhere at once.

southernpol May 7, 2013 at 11:33 pm

Another GREAT website………

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