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November 7, 2006
by Jim Wallace and Sonny Dixon

Atlanta --  The end to the bitter battle between Mark Taylor and sonny Perdue is finally here. Voters in Georgia will decide  if Gubernatorial candidate mark Taylor or incumbent sonny Perdue will win Georgia's governor race.     

Albany's own mark Taylor has never lost a race. He's served in the state senate and two terms as Lt. Governor, but he's the clear underdog in this race.  Taylor hammered governor Perdue about two questionable land deals during this campaign, but polls continued to show Perdue with a comfortable lead right up until election day.

At the Ballroom of the Atlanta Renaissance Hotel, the staff is getting ready for a party. The campaign staff worked up until the last minute to drum up support and turnout for Mark Taylor.

Tonight we'll finally know who Georgia's next governor will be.  Taylor spent most of the day I Albany ding some last minute campaigning, waving signs on Albany streets.

Taylor and his wife voted Tuesday morning at the Beattie Road Church precinct. Taylor said that heavy voter turnout shows that Georgians want a new governor, him. He is confident of an upset.  

Even though a libertarian candidate is also on the ballot, Governor sonny Perdue says he's confident he can win the race tonight without a runoff.  The governor hopes to celebrate a victory with supporters tonight at Westin Buckhead hotel in Atlanta.     

It looks like chaos with Perdue camp at the Westin Hotel. Many people had difficulty fighting the driving rain to get there, as some voters did at the polls.

Perdue and his wife voted earlier at Bon Aire, where his political career started. He rose up through the Democratic party, and then switched to the GOP. He hopes to win a second term as a Republican governor tonight.

There is a Libertarian candidate, but Perdue hopes to get 50% plus one, to win without a runoff. Good voter turnout is reported in Albany.     

In spite of a little rain and overcast skies, there's been a steady flow of voters at the polls. Some voters even had to wait in line to cast ballots. Four years ago, the gubernatorial election drew 46 percent of Dougherty County voters to the polls.   

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