Deal campaign prepares to watch returns

Deal campaign prepares to watch returns

ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - The campaigning for Governor Nathan Deal didn't stop, even on election day, but months of campaigning and ads could end today as election day is winding down.

Governor Deal is holding his election night party at the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta.

"Just trying to get people to go out to the polls and vote. I think a big issue in this race is just getting people out to the polls and we're just here to remind everybody that today is the last day to vote. Polls are open until 7:00," said campaign staffer Chris Collier.

Chris Collier will be glad to hear that many voters across Georgia did hit the polls. This precinct in Atlanta was pretty busy when we stopped by.

"It's Election Day. I love Election Day it's very exciting I think," said Robert Plummer.

"I'm putting my two cents worth into it. You get out of it what you put in to it," said Phillip Hines.

"I think it's important for people to get out and vote and let their word to be known," said Keith Hicks.

Robert Plummer remembers election days with his father long before the computers could count votes so quickly.

"Sometimes you'd have to wait up to two or three in the morning to see who the winner was and that was one of the exciting things," said Plummer.

Voters hoping for an outcome tonight, may be disappointed. Some polls suggest the race is close enough that it won't be decided until a runoff next month.

"A lot of people are very energetic. A lot of people are very tired of the calls and the media and the commercials but if this thing goes to a runoff it's gonna get worse so we're just trying to get everybody out and vote today and put it to rest," said Collier.

Collier tells me that he and others on staff made close to 85,000 calls yesterday to prospective voters. I'll be here at Deal headquarters throughout the night as the results come in.

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