It may be Labor Day weekend, but with the general election just over two months away, the political analysts are still at work. Over at the Cook Political Report (subscription required), today gives us rating revisions for governor’s races in six states, including Georgia. The race between Nathan Deal and Jason Carter is now listed as a toss-up.
Here’s the meat of the ratings change:
[T]his is not a state where one would expect a competitive gubernatorial race, but Democrats seem to be in a position to make it one…. National Democrats plan to put a lot of resources in the state on behalf of Senate nominee Michelle Nunn, and some of those efforts will also benefit Carter. Polling over the summer showed the race closing to within single digits. As a result, the race is now in the Toss Up column.
We’ve talked about how early polling doesn’t always affect what will happen in November. Beginning in September, non-political people traditionally start to pay attention. For the Deal campaign, it’s time to put up or shut up.