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PAC money betting heavily on Georgia incumbents

Georgia political blogger Jim Walls has taken a look at all of the millions pouring into Georgia races from political action committees -  $8.4 million to Georgia candidates this year through September.

Pundits predict a wave of anti-incumbency sentiment—fueled by tea parties, voters’ disgust with Washington and other factors — will sweep the nation tomorrow.

That could happen in Georgia, but the folks who finance much of the political campaigning here are gambling millions of dollars that it won’t.

We downloaded those donations from a state database to take a closer look at where that money wound up. None of the findings will surprise anyone who follows Georgia politics or campaign finance, but it never hurts to review.

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Tea party activists to be poll watchers; Sec. of State says no to logos

Georgia tea party activists are so concerned about the integrity of Tuesday’s election results that they plan to have volunteers serving as poll watchers. See AJC’s Craig Schneider’s article. Critics, however, say it’s a form of intimidation.

Political Insider’s Jim Galloway also reports Tea Party activists are livid over a ruling by Secretary of State Brian Kemp that shirts, hats and buttons with tea party logos won’t be allowed in polling places.

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Georgia runoffs possible for governor, attorney general, school superintendent

By Aaron Gould Sheinin and Jeremy Redmon, AJC staff writers

Republicans lead in Georgia’s top statewide races going into Tuesday’s elections, but three contests could be headed toward a runoff, a new poll conducted for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Georgia Newspaper Partnership shows.

In the race for governor, Republican Nathan Deal leads Democrat Roy Barnes 47 percent to 40 percent, with Libertarian John Monds getting the support of 6 percent. Seven percent are undecided, according to the poll conducted Tuesday through Thursday by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc.

In addition to the governor’s race, runoffs could be possible in races for attorney general and state school superintendent. The poll found that Republican attorney general candidate Sam Olens leads Democrat Ken Hodges 46 percent to 34 percent, with Libertarian Don Smart receiving the support of 4 percent. Sixteen percent of respondents said they were undecided.

In the race for school superintendent, …

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AJC exclusive: Some noncitizens registered to vote in Georgia

Given the importance of Tuesday’s election, many are concerned about the integrity of the results. Now comes an AJC/Channel 2 exclusive in which state elections officials acknowledge some people who will be voting may not be eligible to do so because they aren’t citizens:

The Secretary of State’s Office, which oversees Georgia’s voter rolls, does not know how many noncitizens are registered to vote. But state officials acknowledged there are some. And an Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 WSB-TV investigation found noncitizens who have voted. (Also watch the exclusive on Channel 2)

Tea party activists are so concerned about the problem and other potential abuses at the polls Tuesday that they plan to have poll watchers on hand. See AJC’s Craig Schneider’s article. But Political Insider’s Jim Galloway reports activists are livid over a ruling by Secretary of State Brian Kemp that shirts, hats and buttons with tea party logos won’t be allowed in polling …

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It’s the economy, stupid, but not always in elections

When people are frustrated, cash-strapped and fearful, wouldn’t they be inclined to reject whoever is in power? And when they are securely employed, well-paid and watching their home value soar and their portfolio bulge, wouldn’t they be more likely to accept the status quo?

These are questions AJC’s Michael E. Kanell poses in a piece about the quagmire Democrats find themselves in because of the lackluster economy.

Yet, Kanell reports,  a look at the history says the economy-electoral link is not always so tight.

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In less than 24 hours, Georgians go to the polls

In less than 24 hours we’ll go to the polls to cast votes in what many consider to be one of the biggest mid-term elections in recent memory.

The polls will open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 7 p.m.

If you don’t know where you’re suppose to vote, just  click on this Voter Guide link. Also remember that you must show photo identification.

Tuesday’s weather outlook: Cloudy; 30% chance of light rain or drizzle; lows near 50 in town, 40s in the suburbs; highs in the upper 50s to low 60s; winds east 10-15 mph. But we won’t let a little drizzle stop us, will we?

On the ballot: Georgia voters will choose a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state schools superintendent, agriculture commissioner, insurance commissioner, labor commissioner and a public service commissioner; representatives of all 13 congressional districts; a U.S. senator; the entire state General Assembly – senators and representatives; statewide and state superior court …

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Candidates clash in Saturday debate double-header

The first of two debates Saturday in the race for governor is in the books, and while punches continued to be thrown, little new ground was broken.

Democrat Roy Barnes, Republican Nathan Deal and Libertarian John Monds met in a live televised debate on Channel 2 Action News at 12:30 p.m. They’ll gather again at Fox 5 at 5 p.m. Both debates are a prelude to the final face-off Sunday evening live on Georgia Public Broadcasting.

In the first round today, Deal decried what he called Barnes’ negative campaign and proceeded to land several jabs of his own. Barnes, meanwhile, replied that Deal and the Republican campaign against him has been as negative, if not more. Monds, meanwhile, said he’s the only candidate trying to keep the focus on issues facing Georgians.

Meanwhile, when the subject turned to those issues, Deal and Barnes both promised to work to protect the HOPE scholarship program, and the state-funded Pre-K program, both of which are funded by lottery accounts that are …

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Debate over Georgia’s paperless e-voting process continues

Georgia’s paperless electronic voting process and systems in five other states have gained the attention of an election watchdog group. In a ComputerWorld article on e-voting, the Verified Voting Foundation says states relying on paperless machines will have a hard time auditing the results, which, the group says, are vulnerable to tampering.

Voter-marked paper ballots that are scanned and tallied by electronic systems, along with paper copies of electronically cast votes, together give election officials a reliable way to verify the accuracy of tallies,  [said the watdog group's president, Pamela Smith]. “Paper enables the properties of recounting that we need right now,” Smith said.

But Merle King, executive director of the Center for Election Systems, says Georgia’s system is safe and disputes the watchdog group’s concerns. CES is a venture between Georgia’s secretary of state’s office and Kennesaw State University.

“I think the notion that electronic systems are not …

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Governor’s debate Saturday; Insider seeking your questions

Political Insider’s Jim Gallway is looking for your help with questions for a gubernatorial debate Saturday:

Y’all were kind enough last week to toss me more than a few questions for last week’s U.S. Senate race on GPB. Very high quality stuff – and I thank you for taking the task so seriously.

On Saturday, Channel 2 Action News will broadcast Gubernatorial Debate No. 10 at 12:30 p.m., an hour-long affair with Democrat Roy Barnes, Republican Nathan Deal, and Libertarian John Monds.

Your thoughts would be welcome.

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Gingrich touts Deal candidacy at Republican rally

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., on Thursday brought his American Solutions group to Duluth to endorse Georgia’s Republican slate of statewide candidates.

Gingrich has been touring the country in support of GOP candidates in advance of the Nov. 2 general election.

Of Republican gubernatorial nominee Nathan Deal, Gingrich said, “I was just thrilled when he decided to run for office. He’s going to bring a lot of common sense to the office of governor and build on what Governor [Sonny] Perdue has done.”

Most of Georgia’s statewide Republican candidates were in the audience at the Gwinnett Center, along with about 400 party supporters. But Deal and incumbent U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson spoke from the stage.

“People all over the state of Georgia are excited about this election,” Deal said. “They want to put Georgians back to work and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Deal said if Republicans win on Tuesday, they can show Georgia “what can be done to create a better job …

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