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article imageGeorgia: Window of opportunity shrinks for Michelle Nunn

By Larry Clifton     Sep 9, 2014 in Politics
Atlanta - A new NYT/CBS/ poll of battleground states shows the window of opportunity for Democrats in Georgia closing with Republican David Perdue leading Democrat Michelle Nunn 47 to 41 percent.
Meanwhile, Nunn is touring Atlanta with First Lady Michelle Obama in hopes of rallying her base. However, as popular as the Obamas are in urban Atlanta, support for Democrats and the administration drops steeply outside of city limits.
In a troubling sign for Democrats, in the section of the Battleground poll concerning Georgia, women made up 52 percent of the electorate, and African-Americans 25 percent. In the 2010 general election, female voters accounted for 53 percent of the vote, and black voters made up 28 percent of the electorate. The poll's close proximity to Georgia's actual voter demographics reasonably reflects the state’s electoral population.
According to a story in the Hollywood Reporter, Nunn, who has been criticized as a carpetbagger from inside the Beltway, is heading to the West Coast on Tuesday where she will join Michelle Obama in Los Angeles for a high-dollar Hollywood fundraiser attended by Howie Mandel of “America’s Got Talent” and “Deal or No Deal” fame. Analysts say the more time Nunn spends out-of-state, with elections looming, the more likely it is the Washington insider brand will stick.
Some say Nunn is less interested in revving up support from outside of Atlanta, which could explain why she is not performing well in polls. White House travel documents say Obama’s day in Georgia begins with an event with Education Secretary Arne Duncan at Booker T. Washington High School where Martin Luther King Jr. attended. Obama is scheduled to visit a college fair before giving a speech in the school gymnasium where she will promote her “Reach Higher” initiative that urges students to complete post-secondary education.
This afternoon Obama and Nunn will attend a Democratic campaign fundraiser before speaking at a public “Voter Registration Rally.”
While Atlanta is a critical element to any statewide or national campaign, the race between Perdue and Nunn may be decided by a few points garnered from outside Georgia’s largest city.
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