Possible runoffs spur GOP during final stretch

After an election campaign that has been bruising, tiring and rather uninspiring, it appears Georgia Republicans have finally found their muse: the Grinch, er, runoff that stole Christmas.

When Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced in January 2013 that he would not seek re-election this year, Democrats bided their time. Republicans jumped into the fray almost immediately. Their primary battle consumed their party long before it became clear Gov. Nathan Deal would also have to fight to win a second term.

It has long seemed likely that neither top-of-the-ticket race would be resolved on Nov. 4. Because of a federal court ruling involving overseas absentee ballots, though, those runoffs would not be held the same day. Deal would face the voters again on Dec. 2, Perdue on Jan. 6.

Runoffs have been fruitful for the Georgia GOP over the years. But with a primary runoff already in the books, two more runoffs would mean the party was asking the faithful to show up for the fourth and fifth times in just 33 weeks.

That’s asking a lot when Republican verve was already in doubt: An AJC poll last week found Deal and Perdue each trailed their opponents by 11 percentage points on the question of whose supporters were “very enthusiastic.” Finding campaign mailers mixed in with their Christmas cards and seeing more political ads during December than TNT screenings of “A Christmas Story” wouldn’t improve morale.

There’s also the matter of expectations. In 2010, Republicans won all eight statewide seats plus a Senate seat, each by at least 9 points. Anything short of a sweep would disappoint. But Georgia Democrats, after such a shellacking, would gain a moral victory even by reaching a single runoff; winning one would put their renaissance ahead of schedule.

And so, buoyed by a string of recent polls showing Deal and Perdue seizing momentum and trending slowly toward that magical plateau of 50 percent plus one vote, the GOP is borrowing from that old Robin Williams riff about unarmed British cops:

Vote! Or I’ll say vote again!

“This is the difference your vote will make” on Nov. 4, U.S. Rep. Tom Graves told a few dozen supporters Tuesday at a rally in Forsyth County, citing a poll that came out that day showing Perdue was at 48 percent. “If we get two more points, there’ll be no more mail pieces, no more phone calls.”

It’s a message that one audience member, Regina Kelton, said is resonating in her circles.

“Of course there are some stragglers out there,” she said, “but most people understand this is a serious situation.”

Kelton, who said she volunteered with the party during George H.W. Bush’s presidency, was sporting a shirt touting a Senate candidate of that vintage — Paul Coverdell (who, of course, needed a runoff to win back in 1992). Kelton said it has actually been easier to motivate fellow Republicans to vote in this election than in other recent ones.

“This is different,” she said. “The thing that’s scary is that it is so close.”

Maybe, just maybe, an election scare at Halloween will keep the runoff Grinch away from Christmas.

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RafeHollister
RafeHollister

This is for Headley and the other proggies that argue there is NO voter fraud, in spite of documented cases.  Why else would Obama be considering his EO on Amnesty in spite of adverse public opinion from both parties.  It's the votes!!  Statistics cited are from an Old Dominion University study.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/10/24/could-non-citizens-decide-the-november-election/


Because non-citizens tended to favor Democrats (Obama won more than 80 percent of the votes of non-citizens in the 2008 CCES sample), we find that this participation was large enough to plausibly account for Democratic victories in a few close elections. Non-citizen votes could have given Senate Democrats the pivotal 60th vote needed to overcome filibusters in order to pass health-care reform and other Obama administration priorities in the 111th Congress. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) won election in 2008 with a victory margin of 312 votes. Votes cast by just 0.65 percent of Minnesota non-citizens could account for this margin. It is also possible that non-citizen votes were responsible for Obama’s 2008 victory in North Carolina. Obama won the state by 14,177 votes, so a turnout by 5.1 percent of North Carolina’s adult non-citizens would have provided this victory margin.


JackClemens
JackClemens

Anything that comes out of Nate Deal's mouth is malformed content.

MHSmith
MHSmith

McConnell Concedes GOP Senate Will Not Mean Obamacare Repeal

Election Day isn't until next week, but Senate Majority-Leader-in-Waiting Mitch McConnell is already warning Republicans who'd like to repeal Obamacare and roll back environmental regulations about two key numbers: 60 and 2. 

Sixty is how many senators are required to bring all but the most non-controversial bills to the chamber floor. And two is how many more years Democratic President Obama still has in office. 

"It would take 60 votes in the Senate. "No one thinks we're going to have 60 Republicans". And it would take a presidential signature. No one thinks we're going to get that," McConnell said during a campaign-stop interview with Fox News

http://www.wpr.org/mcconnell-concedes-gop-senate-will-not-mean-obamacare-repeal

David Perdue going to vote with Mitch or against him?  LOL!



Dusty2
Dusty2

@MHSmith 


Let's send Perdue  to Washington and find out.

vahighlander
vahighlander

I had to chuckle when our Gov. Deal said- with his usual right-wing paranoia- that Obama must have "fixed" the unemployment number (we are worst in the nation) because good ole Georgia could not possibly have a higher rate than California. Well- not to burst your Fox News bubble- Governor- but apparently you don't keep up with real news because California-unlike a few years ago- runs a huge surplus each year. The economy -under Democratic Governor Brown- keeps humming along just fine, thank you. Those high-paying tech jobs keep rolling in and young college grads WANT to live there!  (Perhaps- Governor- you did not see last week's poll that showed that college grads are avoiding Atlanta like Ebola- the 2nd worst desertion in the nation, except for Detroit) So, Georgia can only dream of having California's standard of living.  But don't worry, with your lethargic leadership and with the sheepish, Fox News dumbed-down electorate in this state- maybe we won't know or- even better for you- we won't care.

Dusty2
Dusty2

@vahighlander 


I do hope you are living in lovely California with its high cost of living and  earthquake shakeups.  And maybe you haven't heard but movies are now being made n Atlanta Georgia.  .Poor old Hollywood!   Still putting out B grade movies.   


Sooo' vahighlander,  why are you not  livng in California?  Your ID indicates Atlanta.  

PudHead
PudHead

@vahighlander 

Wow your liberal anger is showing, but don’t liberals accept and care for everybody? It is very clear that you have not been to California lately, the disparity from rich to poor is the worst in the nation, but hey they are humming along, right? They are requesting BILLIONS in federal aid to help with the illegal alien debacle, but hey we can afford it, right?

“(Perhaps- Governor- you did not see last week's poll that showed that college grads are avoiding Atlanta like Ebola- the 2nd worst desertion in the nation, except for Detroit “

Where did you make this up, let me guess BSNBC, CBS, or ABC? If we are so bad here feel free to leave, California seems far enough, go for it, and leave this evil place. Funny how such a terrible place has population growth every year, strange how that works…

Can’t wait only a few more days till a lot of liberals lose their jobs….

 

PudHead
PudHead

@vahighlander 

Governor Brown scores as the worst governor in America on this year’s report card. He has pushed for numerous large tax increases. In 2012 he championed a plan to increase annual tax revenues by $6 billion a year. That increase, which passed on a November 2012 ballot, included a hike in the top individual income tax rate to 13.3 percent. He also supported a $1 per pack in-crease in cigarette taxes, which failed on a June 2012 ballot. To his credit, he did approve a 2013 law that reduced sales taxes on the purchase of manufacturing equipment.Brown scores poorly on spending. He has proposed spending increases averaging 6.8 per-cent annually over the last three years, which is more than twice the national average of 3.1 per-cent over that period. California’s general fund spending has grown from $86 billion in 2012 to Brown’s proposed spending for 2015 of $107 billion. He has supported numerous dubious spend-ing projects, including a boondoggle high-speed rail system.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@PudHead @vahighlander His "sanctuary cities" also contributed to the two cops deaths at the hand of the illegal , felon, 2X deported, killer.  Funny, when the felon returned, he knew he would be most safe in CA.

vahighlander
vahighlander

@PudHead @vahighlander Thanks for proving my point PuddinHead. People like you-must know that Georgia is falling way behind more progressive states but frankly- you don't give a damn, Scarlett. Warped ideology trumps everything.  If you don't believe that college grads are avoiding Atlanta/ Georgia like an Ebola outbreak read this: http://cityobservatory.org/where-young-college-grads-locate/

notagain
notagain

Speaker John Boehner is finding that out the hard way after a second law firm withdrew from representing the House in the Republican-led lawsuit against President Obama over his use—or overuse—of executive authority.---------------Talk about slippery,Teflon....either he is slick or the republicans are,well they take care of their own at taxpayer expense.....

RantNRave
RantNRave

KYLE ONCE AGAIN MY COMMENTS ARE NOT BEING POSTED.


I KEEP GETTING THE MESSAGE:


YOU ARE ATTEMPTING TO POST MALFORMED CONTENT.


I AM DOING WHAT YOUR OTHER POSTERS ARE DOING.


MAYBE I SHOULD SEND MY COMMENTS TO THE AJC PUBLISHER AND EDITOR


AND LET THEM DECIDE.


Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@RantNRave I got that same message just yesterday. It is a glitch. I don't know what to tell you except to copy the text you've written into Word or somewhere else, delete everything in the comment space itself, close and then re-open the comment space, and paste the text back into it. That worked for me yesterday. I'm sorry this has been a problem for you.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@RantNRave It is a right wing conspiracy Rant, you know how the AJC is always trying to skew things to favor the right wing.

straker
straker

Rafe - "we can spend our way to prosperity"


That's better than "we can outsource our way to prosperity".

SockPuppet3
SockPuppet3

no reason to repeal Obamacare, it is slowly dying anyway

straker
straker

I Whine  - "next question"


Since most people agree Obamacare is NOT going to be repealed, why do you keep beating this dead horse?

BSNBC
BSNBC

Vote to stop Obama's radical agenda! He has done more harm to this country than any war!

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@BSNBC It was a war, a war on common sense!  


We can insure another 40 million folks with no more doctors/hospitals and reduce your premiums by $2500 per family, and bend the cost curve in your premiums too.  


If we treat these Muslim countries better and speak softly they will like us and quit trying to kill us.


We can spend our way to prosperity.  I could go on, but you get the point.

lvg
lvg

@BSNBC yeah - just look at all the unemployed people who went back to work for no reason  and how the GDP has increased since the commie took office. And then  the commie president used  governemnt money to get the auto industry back on its feet along with the banks. Pretty radical. Hope the GOP  reverses all of it and gets us back to where we were when Bush left office.

notagain
notagain

@BSNBC The last war we had in this country harmed it  pretty bad.

straker
straker

Rafe


If we elect a GOP Senate to go with the GOP House, Republicans will be responsible for cleaning up the "mess" they keep saying Obama has made.


When they fail miserably, and they will, they will unite in blaming Obama for all their failures.


I'm betting that if this happens then, over a 2 year period, the majority of Americans won't believe them.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@straker That is not fair, is it?  Obama has gotten away with blaming others for his failures for 6 years, but the GOP will only get two?

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

If you like the paralysis, vote for the status quo, it is what Dems do.  A Dem Senate and a GOP House just works so well, right! 


If we elect a GOP Senate to go with the GOP House, Obama will have to decide to be the OBSTRUCTIONIST he says he despises, or find some bipartisanship and work with the Congress to get some things done for the American people.  I'm betting he chooses to be the OBSTRUCTIONIST.

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@RafeHollister How come President Bush didn't adhere to that policy and get out of Congress' way when he was in office?


Oh, right, you don't actually *mean* the crap you post.

Smokeyone
Smokeyone

@RafeHollister I like paralysis and gridlock but I wont be voting Democrat nor Republican this round. 

RantNRave
RantNRave

"Deal and Perdue will win their respective races. "


TBS...............DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU THINK. 

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

 The other night in a debate between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and his challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes (D.), McConnell argued that it was “fine” to keep Kentucky’s insurance exchange, called Kynect, while repealing Obamacare “root and branch.” This has led the lefty blogosphere to explode in outrage. But Sen. McConnell is right. Repealing Obamacare would leave many states’ exchanges in place. But exchanges like Kynect, under a more market-oriented system, would be meaningfully different than those under Obamacare. And that’s a good thing.


http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2014/10/15/mitch-mcconnell-is-right-you-can-repeal-obamacare-and-keep-kentuckys-insurance-exchange/


And the people already signed up keep their health insurance.


Next question?

TBS
TBS

@IReportYouWhineTheGreat


You be the first to let us know when the ACA has been repealed.


Whatever the bet I will take it.   You can even pay me half your allowance until it is paid off.


LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RantNRave
RantNRave

@IReportYouWhineTheGreat


OMG........


WHAT GOOD IS THE KENTUCKY INSURANCE EXCHANGE IF THERE


IS NOTHING ON THE EXCHANGE ???


MCCONNELL WANTS TO REPLACE IT WITH A WEAK SAUCE FREE MARKET


"SCREW-THE PEOPLE PLAN OR HOW THAT COVERAGE WOULD BE


FUNDED.



Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@IReportYouWhineTheGreat Repealing Obamacare would leave many states’ exchanges in place.

Ummm no it wouldnt...It would gut the system and McConnell knows it.... He is counting on people not understanding that and you have clearly bought it.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2014/10/16/mitch-mcconnells-puzzling-claims-on-insurance-in-kentucky-post-obamacare/


McConnell has some difficulty with the Obamacare issue because the Kentucky version, known as Kynect, has been a huge success.


Ultimately, then, McConnell’s statements make little sense unless he has a specific plan that would allow Kentuckians who currently have insurance to retain it. 


Thus his statements are a bit slick and misleading. If he wants to rip out Obamacare “root and branch,” then he has to explain what he would plant in the health-insurance garden instead. Otherwise his assurances on the future have little credibility. He earns Three Pinocchios.

lvg
lvg

Can't wait for economy to rebound and jobs numbers to improve as soon as Cons take over Senate. Hope we get into a war with Putin and Iran so US no longer leads from behind. Maybe Repubs can force Obama to put boots on the ground in Syria too. How much you figure our taxes will come down once Repubs eliminate the deficit by cutting off the 49% who are moochers and living off government checks?

TBS
TBS

Deal and Perdue will win their respective races.   I doubt either thought they would be in such tight races at this point in the game but they will still win.  

TBS
TBS

The ACA is not going anywhere.  There probably will be and there should be some changes but going away is laughable at best.


"Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said it would take 60 votes in the Senate to repeal ObamaCare despite previously suggesting the law could be erased with a simple majority.

"It would take 60 votes in the Senate, and no one thinks we’re going to have 60 Republicans [after the election] and it would take a presidential signature, no one thinks we’re going to get that," McConnell said on Fox News. "


http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/222132-mcconnell-appears-to-back-off-obamacare-repeal-using-51-votes


All the repeal talk is just to rile up the gullible.  Republicans might even vote on it shortly after they take the Senate to throw the "base" a bone.  But that is about as far as it is going to go in terms of repeal. 

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@TBS Obamacare like metastatic cancer is truly difficult, if not impossible, to eliminate once allowed to grow unchecked.  Unfortunately the host usually succumbs, when the host can't support itself and the cancer.  Hopefully the GOP can find some measures to slow down the inevitable uncontrolled growth and decline in health, before the patient become critical.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@RafeHollister @TBS Obamacare like metastatic cancer is truly difficult, if not impossible, to eliminate once allowed to grow unchecked


Yes..its funny how when people get access to healthcare they don't really want to go back.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@HeadleyLamar @RafeHollister @TBS its funny how when people get access to healthcare they don't really want to go back.


Not quite, it's when they have other people help them pay for their healthcare premiums, they don't really want to go back.  The only folks who like Obamacare are the ones getting the subsidies, everyone else, "What the hell happened?"

MarkVV
MarkVV

The defense of outsourcing (as seen here from Kyle and Dusty2, among others) because a Republican – Perdue – is proud of his doing it is certainly one of the most ironic as well as disgraceful features of this year’s Republican political campaign in Georgia.


Another one are the attacks on Michelle Nunn not because of her record, but what it is being presumed might be her support of the President’s policies and Reid’s reelection to his post in the Senate.


Finally, the personally insulting attacks on Jason Carter in some of the TV commercials, and  Deal's attacks against Sunday voting complete the bankruptcy of the Republican campaign.

lvg
lvg

@MarkVV Better yet we Georgians get opportunity to reelect the most unethical governor in the country!

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

Let's get this straight, the democrats expect you to fill out 14 pages of information so that you can access health care that could be instrumental in saving your life but getting your picture taken for a voter ID is human bondage and slavery revisited upon the United States.


Yeah, okay.

Tiberius-Constitutionus
Tiberius-Constitutionus

@IReportYouWhineTheGreat I'm 100% with you. No reason not to require every single person to present a picture ID before being allowed to vote.  This is one of those situations where both D and R should drop one of their 'stupid issues' and just move on - enact federal voter ID law, enact federal ban on guns, and America's a better place.

RantNRave
RantNRave

@IReportYouWhineTheGreat


YOU MIGHT THINK YOU ARE THE GREAT.....


OBVIOUSLY YOU ARE NO GENIUS...............


"HUMAN BONDAGE AND SLAVERY" ???.......CITE YOUR SOURCE PLEASE



Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@RafeHollister @HeadleyLamar @IReportYouWhineTheGreat Voter fraud does not exist anyway?  


No it doesnt.


Dowsing isn't real either.


http://www.virginiavotersalliance.com/


Those are the "voters" sueing....Another trumped up nothing charge that will go nowhere...But it does serve its purpose..To fool people.