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July 17, 2006

Albany -- Albany native Mark Taylor made a stop in his hometown Monday morning, during a final campaign fly around that took him to six cities.   The Democratic candidate for Governor admits to being superstitious in his campaigning.  

Taylor said there are things he has done in every campaign since he entered politics, and he's not going to change now on the eve of the primary election.

Several dozen South Georgians welcomed Lt. Governor Mark Taylor as he stopped in his hometown on a final campaign swing around the state. With big smiles, firm handshakes, and hugs, the Big Guy looks like a seasoned pro at electioneering. Taylor said "We need a new Governor in Georgia."

Taylor asked the supporters to keep working through Tuesday night. Taylor said "It'll be almost 100 degrees tomorrow. We can't let that stop us from getting out and touching as many voters as we can."

Taylor said every time he has run for office, he votes at the same poll and then waves a campaign sign at his lucky corner, and he is too superstitious to break that streak. Taylor said "We'll be out on Beatty Road tomorrow voting. Then I want to get to my favorite corner over there, Dawson and Old Dawson, and wave my sign, and encourage people to get out to vote."

 Taylor and Bainbridge native Cathy Cox have waged a nasty campaign fight for the Democratic nomination, and the Lt. Governor said he was not happy with it. Taylor said "There have been too many negative ads. But throughout this campaign, I've always. Sometimes I had to point out differences in my record and Secretary Cox's. Sometimes I had to respond to her untrue charges."

 As he boards his plane to carry his campaign on to Savannah, Taylor said he is glad it's time to vote. Taylor said "I think it is time to turn it over to the voters."

The Lt. Governor say he will keep working and campaigning until 7 O-clock election night, because that has always been a winning formula in his political career.

And he is not going to change now, on the eve of his biggest run, trying to become Georgia's next Governor.

Taylor did not want to talk about it on camera,  but said if he is defeated in the primary election, he'll return to Albany to help run his family trucking business.

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