Four years ago, Republican candidates for Governor, including Nathan Deal, Karen Handel, John Oxendine and Eric Johnson spent their Memorial Day morning marching in the Dacula Memorial Day Parade. It’s one of the biggest in the state, lasting over an hour and a half from beginning to end of the mile long route.
The candidates marched in the parade because Dacula is in the heart of vote rich Gwinnett County. The concentration of Republican votes in one of the most populous counties in Georgia made the parade a must-attend.
Another candidate for Governor made an appearance in the 2014 edition of the parade, tucked between the Gwinnett Republican Party and the Jody Hice for Congress campaign. This time, though, the candidate was Democrat Jason Carter. Some longtime observers noted this appeared to be the first time a Democrat has participated in the parade, much less the Democratic candidate for Governor.
Jason Carter’s appearance in a Gwinnett Memorial Day parade was not by accident. We suspect he would have been welcomed at almost any event or parade held today. Elsewhere, Stefan tells you about a new poll that has Carter with a substantial lead over Governor Deal. His attendance tells us the Democrats think the Gwinnett County vote could be up for grabs, and that Gwinnett will play a major role in determining which party wins the Governor’s race in November.