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South Georgia democrats reinvigorated by Jason Cater's run for Governor

Kenneth Florence, Carter Supporter Kenneth Florence, Carter Supporter
Ryan Ash, Carter Supporter Ryan Ash, Carter Supporter

Democrats hope two candidates with familiar names can win two major races. Michelle Nunn, the daughter of longtime Senator Sam Nunn, is running for an open Senate seat. Jason Carter, the grandson of President Jimmy Carter, hopes to upset Governor Nathan Deal.

Carter spent Thursday in South Georgia, first in Tifton and then wrapping up with a meet and greet in Albany. South Georgia democrats hope their party can return to the Governor's mansion.

"I'm so glad that he is running," said Kenneth Florence with the Albany Community Builders. "He has energized the Democratic Party so much."

"I think it will be a great way to have a rebirth of that history of the Democratic Party rule in Georgia," Carter supporter Ryan Ash said. 

Carter says while his family ties may bring him attention, he hopes his goals for the future will convince people to vote for him.

"It certainly gives folks a reference point for me," Carter said. "But ultimately it's going to be about the future of the state and my vision."

Thursday night, some Democratic voters said Carter's family tradition and ties to South Georgia make them feel comfortable casting their vote in his favor.

"I believe he will make a great governor, he comes from a family that has always been very outstanding," Carter supporter Milton Raven said.

"As strong as the Carter family is in South Georgia," Ash said. "They are absolutely going to worry about rural Georgia and not just focus on Atlanta."

Florence says that voter enthusiasm in Albany isn't high yet, but he thinks this visit might change that.

"It's really not energized yet," Florence said. "I think today the message that Carter brought out is going to energize them, they know primary is coming up."

Carter is the only Democrat running for Governor. State School Superintendent John Barge and Dalton Mayor David Pennington are challenging Gov. Deal in the Republican primary.



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