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Perdue, Taylor land in Albany

November 6, 2006

Albany -- Governor Perdue and Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor flew around the state Monday on the eve of Tuesday's showdown at the polls. Taylor's hometown of Albany was one of the stops for both gubernatorial candidates, as well as a number of other Democrats and Republicans trying to get elected.

The Perdue campaign visited seven stops across the state, while Taylor went to six. The latest poll shows Taylor trailing in the race. Perdue leads Taylor 51 percent to 38 percent. The gap is closing a little. The last poll Showed Perdue with 52 percent, Taylor with 36-percent.

Confident Republicans flew around Georgia, led by Governor Sonny Perdue. He said his leadership and vision for the future of the state is what Georgians believe in, not the "garbage" being thrown by Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor.   

More than 100 supporters gave Governor Sonny Perdue and the Republican candidates a warm welcome in Albany, his opponent Lt. Governor Mark Taylor's hometown.

Perdue confidently told the crowd he expected a victory on election day, to send Taylor back home. "I am sorry, but I am going to put the Big Guy back in Albany. I apologize."

Perdue called Taylor's attacks on the Governor's land deals in Florida and Houston County "garbage."

"I really do think he would look pretty good driving one of his Daddy's garbage trucks, because that is all he has hauled around all year long. Garbage," said Perdue.

When asked directly what he was telling voters about Taylor's charges, Perdue said Georgians know his "motives are pure." "The people of Georgia are smart. They haven't fallen for this character assassination plot. They know my integrity, they know my heart, and they know my motives are pure."

Perdue criticized Taylor's performance as Lt. Governor, saying he refused to help Republican bids to strengthen HOPE scholarships, illegal immigration reform, and faith and family services bills.

He asked the supporters to vote for his entire Republican team Tuesday, so they could work together for the future of Georgia.

Governor Perdue said he felt very confident that he would get more than fifty percent of the vote Tuesday, and would win without a runoff.  

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