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+Nathan Deal (R) i
1,345,237
52.75%
Jason Carter (D)
1,144,794
44.89%
Andrew T. Hunt (L) 60,185
2.36%

2,550,216

Registration: 5,191,182.  Ballots Cast: 2,596,947.
Plurality:  200,443 votes (7.86 percentage points)

 GA Secretary of State




Notes:  Gov. Nathan Deal (R) was re-elected, defeating state Sen. Jason Carter (D) and Andrew T. Hunt (L), founder and CEO/CTO of nGimat, a nanotechnology firm. 

Gov. Deal, 72, previously served 17 years in Congress and 12 years in the State Senate.  A former Democrat, he was first elected to the U.S. House in 1992, but switched to the Republican Party in April 1995 after the GOP had gained control of the lower chamber. 
He resigned from Congress in March 2010 to pursue his successful run for governor.  His background was as an attorney in private practice. 
 
Carter, 39, a grandson of former Governor and President Jimmy Carter was elected to the State Senate in an 2010 special election, elected to a full term in Nov. 2010, and re-elected in 2012.  He announced his candidacy on Nov. 7, 2013. 

In the May 20 primaries, Carter was unopposed, while Deal obtained 72.15% of the vote against Dalton Mayor David Pennington and Georgia Superintendent of Schools John Barge. 

Deal, Carter and Hunt debated three times: on Oct. 7 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry (>); on Oct. 19 in the Atlanta Press Club debate at Georgia Public Broadcasting studios in Atlanta (>); and at WSB-TV studios in Atlanta (>).


Campaign Managers:
Nathan Deal: 
Tom Willis
(2013)  Previously worked in the Office of Gov. Deal including as special assistant to the Governor and as a local government liaison.  Personal assistant to Deal on his 2010 campaign. Interned for then U.S. Rep. Deal in his congressional office.  Graduate of Sewanee University of the South.  Gainesville native.

Jason Carter:  Matt McGrath
(Feb. 2014)  McGrath had been working as a spokesman for Ohio gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald and as a spokesman for the Ohio Democratic Party.  Michigan press secretary on Obama for America, Feb.-Nov. 2012. 
Communications director for the Kentucky Democratic Party, from Aug. 2011.  Communications director on Dan Hynes' campaign for the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Illinois and earlier worked on Alexi Giannoulias' 2010 U.S. Senate campaign.  Worked on Obama's campaign in Ohio in Fall 2008.  Trip director on John Edwards' 2007-08 Iowa caucus campaign.  Directed South Carolina Democrats' Coordinated Campaign in 2006; earlier worked Paul Hodes in New Hampshire, helping to set up his successful campaign for Congress. In 2005, McGrath served as the Kentucky state director for Americans United to Protect Social Security.  Regional field director for Anchorage for Tony Knowles' U.S. Senate race in 2004.  Organized parts of Southeastern Iowa for Edwards in 2003-04, and then continued with the campaign in Tennessee and Ohio. 


See also:
Rebecca Burns.  "Jason Carter: The Inevitable Candidate."  Atlanta, Sept. 24, 2014.

Greg Bluestein.  "A staff shakeup on Gov. Nathan Deal's re-election campaign."  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Aug. 8, 2014.







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