The Democrats Have A Slate

Who would have thought that in 2014, the Democratic Party of Georgia would have a slate led by Nunn and Carter? That slate follows Gov. Barnes’ final campaign. Joining Michelle and Jason is Connie Stokes for Lt. Governor. Continuing the throwback theme, she was a Senate Floor Leader for Gov. Barnes.

That appears to be what we’re getting.

Chairman DuBose Porter said Thursday’s announcement from Carter and Stokes represents a “fresh start” for Georgia. Nunn, you will recall, faces nominal and quixotic opposition in the primary.

So what does this mean? That perhaps Democrats are getting their act together enough to present a decent challenge to Republicans in 2014. With the money flowing in for Nunn, a smart young politician running against Deal and Stokes for diversity, I think they could be competitive.

24 comments

  1. Ellynn says:

    I will hold off my “getting it’s act together” verdict untill they have some realistic challenger for a few of the house seats. I’m not saying they are going to win them, but when HD-1 has a past “also ran”, who didn’t think filing quartly reports the last time around was required, is they only democrate in the water… the DPG signals not only do they not have a deep bench – they don’t even know where the playing field is.

    • Ed says:

      True, but, in defense of the Democrats, it isn’t as if there are many legislative races they could be competitive in.

    • Toxic Avenger says:

      You’re judging by HD-1?

      Yes, the DPG knows where the playing field is. And Ed, there are a number of competitive seats. Just hold tight. The cycle is long, my friends.

        • That’s kind of a dumb measuring stick, especially with redistricting. Getting a governor is huge. Then you can get better districts, plus you have a lot of opportunities to promote existing legislators and create open, winnable seats.

    • Ellynn says:

      Using HD-1 as an example, without a “realistic” Dem (who yes, in all likelihood will lose), you leave the voting public the options of Buddy Carter, and other Republicans challengers who state Buddy Carter is too liberal…

      Basically, if you’re a non party member (over 1/3 of the voting public) or one of the DINO/RINO class, you have been left to stumple through the electorial wasteland. Again.

  2. northside101 says:

    For Republicans next year, to challenge is to retain the large percentages the party generally gets outside the 28-county metro Atlanta area. For the Democrats, it is to crack into the “other Georgia.” Looking below, there has been big difference in voting between metro Atlanta and the rest of the state:

    2008 President:
    Metro Atlanta—Obama 51%, McCain 48%
    Rest of Georgia—McCain 58%, Obama 41%
    (McCain won Georgia 52-47% over Obama)

    2010 Governor:
    Metro Atlanta—Deal 50%, Barnes 46%
    Rest of Georgia—Deal 58%, Barnes 39%
    (Deal beat Barnes by 53-43% margin, with 4% voting Libertarian)

    2012 President:
    Metro Atlanta—Obama 50%, Romney 49%
    Rest of Georgia—Romney 59%, Obama 40%
    (Romney beat Obama by 53-45% margin)

    In each of those 3 elections, metro Atlanta was 57% of the state’s total votes, rest of Georgia 43%.

    The results here are somewhat similar to Virginia’s Tuesday night, where the Democrat, McAuliffe, ran much better in Northern Virginia (57%) than he did in the rest of the state (49%), though up there, Northern Virginia was 30% of the state’s total turnout, well below the 57% for metro Atlanta in recent years.

    Basically, then, for a Democrat to win, he or she must either (a) do much better than recent Democrats have done outside metro Atlanta, or (b) win handily in metro Atlanta to offset losses in rural/smaller city and suburban Georgia

  3. PoliticalJoe says:

    This will definitely get money [from outside the state] flowing to the GA Dem Party who seemed broke/n not too long ago. Could mean more general election challenges at the state level

  4. Tater Tate says:

    With all due respect, why does a 38 year old guy with a couple of terms of legislative experience and a famous last name think he is qualified to be governor of Georgia and CEO of a 20 billion dollar a year business? Give me Governor Deal with vast legislative experience and a mature and settled demeanor who is a guiding hand rather than a political flame-thrower. We don’t need DC liberal democrats taking over Georgia. We already know what they can destroy from watching DC.

    The same goes for Nunn. Who in their right mind thinks this is the answer to the Democrat’s problem in Georgia? Are Carter and Nunn about the two last white democrats in Georgia? I can’t imagine the African Americans who have been working and patiently serving are going to get excited about this ticket.

    While the media will salivate and do everything they can to prop them up, Georgia will not buy this less than impressive duo. Carter in 8 or 10 years with some maturing maybe. 2014–not a chance.

    • David C says:

      Yeah, Deal, a career backbencher with almost zero legislative accomplishment despite 18 years in Washington was exactly the experience the state needed?

      Also, because it’s funny because this is what Tater Tate would have said in 1972:

      “With all due respect, why does a 36 year old guy with a couple of terms of legislative experience think he is qualified to be a United States Senator?”

      Somehow Sam Nunn turned out all right.

      • Napoleon says:

        Huge difference between going from talking in one legislative body to talking in another legislative body versus going from talking in one legislative body to RUNNING A $20 BILLION A YEAR ORGANIZATION.

        Just saying.

    • MouthoftheSouth says:

      You know Deal came from DC, right? I think he was there for a couple of decades. I don’t know that much about Jason’s background, but I am pretty sure his family is from Georgia and he has been here awhile.

  5. Harry says:

    Like I said before, I hope the Democrats get all worked up over Nunn and Carter and spend a lot of Hollywood and New York money in Georgia.

  6. rooney says:

    “I’m still mad that I finished second in my law school class. I’m not in this to finish second. I think we have every opportunity to win.” – Jason Carter

    Bless his heart.

  7. Harry says:

    Gov. Deal’s comment: ” If experience has taught us anything, another Carter at the helm is not what Georgia needs.”

  8. Jon Lester says:

    I, for one, am not giving up on “quixotic” efforts to nominate Dr. Rad, because differences are emerging with every issue (do Democrats really want another incarnation of Saxby Chambliss?). It’s only “democratic” if we have a real primary, and we Georgia voters are who should decide the nominee, not Debbie Wasserman-Schultz or Jane Fonda.

    If Georgia Democrats insist on anointing legacy candidates to field next November, they will lose. I would bet $100 and a year’s interest on that.

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