Palin backs Handel as Deal crosses the state for final push

Just hours before the polls open for the GOP runoff for governor, Sarah Palin and Karen Handel rallied the faithful in Buckhead while Nathan Deal crisscrossed the state in search of last-minute support.

Handel and Deal will finally get closure Tuesday when polls close at 7 p.m., but both candidates made it clear Monday that they will work for every last vote before then.

At the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead, Palin, the 2008 GOP nominee for vice president, lauded Handel and defended herself from critics questioning why she got involved in the race.

The why, Palin said, is because “it’s epic. It’s historic. The eyes of the nation are on you, Georgia, to see if you get rid of that good old boy network. People are watching what’s going on in Georgia.”

On Monday, Deal’s eyes were on Middle and South Georgia, and he touted the fact that he was there, not at “a four-star hotel in Buckhead.”

Deal hoped his seven-stop tour aboard his campaign chairman’s single-prop Pilatus PC12 would generate enough free media in places like Columbus, Albany, Macon and Savannah to boost turnout.

The area was strong for GOP candidates John Oxendine and Eric Johnson in the July 20 primary, and a recent poll shows their supporters trending toward Deal, a former congressman from Gainesville who represented much of North Georgia. Read more.

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GH

August 10th, 2010
12:16 am

If Handel was a man, book author and self promoter Palin would not have even returned a phone call, much less accepted the money to come down here to make the endorsement. How lame and pathetic this all is. The rest of the nation is laughing at us here in Georgia.

Landon

August 10th, 2010
1:30 am

Good comment, I had no idea. Looks interesting.

DEAL. REAL.

August 10th, 2010
1:34 pm

Vote for Nathan Deal.

Keep Georgia great.