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Governor race down to the wire

October 18, 2006

Colquitt County-- Less than three weeks now until Georgia voters decide who will be our Governor for the next four years.

Until recently, the race between Governor Sonny Perdue and Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor was pretty calm. That changed with recent commercials and the candidate's first debate.

Governor Sonny Perdue has been busy the past few weeks. "We're getting out and meeting people. That's what campaigning is about," says Perdue. He says right now he's about sharing his vision with Georgians across the state.

"I think good policy is good politics and that's what we want to do is put the issues out there that Georgians want and talk about our record," says Perdue. But his record while in office has been questioned in recent political ads and a debate with his opponent Lt. Governor Mark Taylor.

"I think it went well. I think it came across as a desperate candidate over twenty points down, coming out with charges that are not true and we held our composure and answered the questions," says Perdue.

Perdue has also launched his own negative political ads that call Taylor a liar.  Even so, he says voters aren't adapting well to negativity. "People of Georgia are tired of negativity. They want to hear about what somebody is going to do for Georgia and do for their children and families," says Perdue.

So are the recent ads and the recent debate as heated as the race will get between the two hopefuls? "I'd sure like to think so but we were hoping it would go all the way to talk about the issues and unfortunately that's not the case," says Perdue.

Governor Perdue says the case right now is focusing on his priorities. Perdue says, "I've got three priorities. It's education, education, education in that order." And he says he trusts Georgians to make their choice in November.  Until then, he'll continue campaigning.

"We're going to hold our head up. We're going to smile, talk to people and we're going to govern Georgia," says Perdue. For the next couple of weeks Georgians will be watching the race closely and then they'll make their choice.

Perdue remains up in the most recent polls but his lead has slipped in recent weeks. Other than education, the Governor touts economic growth and bio-fuels as major priorities if re-elected.

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