ALBANY, GA (WALB) – With an 11 point lead in some polls, Karen Handel's bus tour rolled into Albany at 11:30AM.
Handel was greeted with hugs and high fives after getting the local newspaper's endorsement. She thanked supporters for their hard work in the primaries, but said the work isn't finished yet.
Handel got a big reaction from the crowd when she said as governor she promised not to take water from south Georgia for Atlanta.
She said when elected she wants to focus on job creation especially using MCLB Albany as a means for creating more jobs in the Albany area.
"What really sets up apart is experience," said Handel. "I'm a next generation leader, I did not spend my whole career in politics, I'm a business person first and I understand what it takes to actually lead an organization, to be the CEO of this great state."
Handel made a stop in Thomasville this morning to meet and greet with the public. She says Thomasville is the smallest town she's visited during her campaign.
She told a group of supporters that she's wants to make sure leaders from rural areas are working alongside leaders at the state capitol. Handel also said she's not threatened by Democratic nominee Roy Barnes recent endorsement by 19 south Georgia Sheriffs.
"I have the endorsements of over 100 local elected officials. From mayors to Sheriffs to city council and county commissioners all around the state. But I'm dong first things first, I'm focused on Tuesday and making sure I can get successfully through the runoff. And just know, I'm ready for Roy Barnes."
Handel said she's not focusing on the prospect of being the state's first female Governor, but trying to educated voters about the differences between herself and Nathan Deal.