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Robert Brown: ‘I’ll back Michael Thurmond for chairman of state Democratic party’

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Senate Minority Leader Robert Brown, D-Macon. AJC file

Two days after a defeat that was stunning in its scope, an important Georgia Democrat dusted himself off and offered a look at what may be coming next.

Senate Democratic Leader Robert Brown, D-Macon, is famous for his sharp tongue and his ability to hold matters close to his vest. So when he talks, you can bet a deal is in the works – if not already done.

Brown is considered very close to U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Macon, who lost his seat on Tuesday.

In a meeting with reporters, Brown:

– Said he would back former U.S. Senate candidate Michael Thurmond as the next chairman of the state Democratic party. Brown acknowledged that Thurmond – until ran last among all statewide Democrats on Tuesday – but said that was in part because of a lack of support from the state party.

Jane Kidd is the current chairman, but her term is coming to an end.

– Said rural Democrats, anticipating a poor outcome on Tuesday, met in …

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Soggy notes from a GOP tsunami: Is Nathan Deal a four-year governor?

Republican Gov.-elect Nathan Deal waves to supporters on Tuesday. AP/John Bazemore

Republican Gov.-elect Nathan Deal waves to supporters on Tuesday. AP/John Bazemore

Perhaps the first question that will face Gov. Nathan Deal in January will be an unspoken one: Is he a four-year governor, or an eight-year governor?

At 68, Deal will be the oldest person to assume the governorship of Georgia in four generations. (Tom Crawford of the Georgia Report points out that Lamartine Hardman was 71 when elected in 1927.)

A politician who has only one term in mind will govern far differently than one who has an eight-year calendar in his head – think of the things Roy Barnes left undone.
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And a Legislature is likely to treat a four-year governor with far less deference than one likely to serve two terms. But more than that, think of the Republican jockeying for position that would begin almost immediately.

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One of the best things going on ajc.com today is this interactive county-by-county map showing results in the governor’s race. Check it out.

What you see on the …

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Keep your eye on south Georgia tonight

Voters cast their ballots under the hoops at Henry W. Grady High School in Atlanta Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. John Spink/jspink@ajc.com

Voters cast their ballots under the hoops at Henry W. Grady High School in Atlanta Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. John Spink/jspink@ajc.com

We’re only hours away from the closing of the polls and the beginning of festivities. And the key to the evening, it seems to me, is whether Democrats have been able to resurrect any of their old ability to swim against the current.

And not just any current, but a 50-year flood.

The race for governor – really, the question of whether Republican Nathan Deal is kept under 50 percent — is unlikely to be decided until late this evening, when Fulton and DeKalb counties send their votes to the secretary of state.

Keep your eye on middle and south Georgia. Throughout the campaign, Democrat Roy Barnes has insisted that the race will be won outside metro Atlanta.

If you see Barnes in the mid-30 percent range in counties like Dodge, Wilcox, Telfair, Bibb, Peach and Houston counties, then don’t go to bed.

If Barnes is pulling only 23 or 25 percent …

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Your Sunday jolt: Tea party shirts, hats, buttons barred from Georgia voting sites

Tea party enthusiasts 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 on Tuesday.

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

The loose organization claims to be nonpartisan, but its endorsements in several races are mostly Republicans and Libertarians.

James Groce, head of the Walker County Tea Party, said he was kicked out of a Chickamauga voting precinct last week for wearing a Walker County Tea Party shirt.

He said he was allowed to vote after calling the elections office and threatening to call U.S. marshals. He said the shirt does not promote any candidate or party affiliation.

“I said, ‘Where do you see Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or Independent on my T-shirt?’” Groce said. “If you’re being told that you need to go change clothes before you vote … that is a violation of civil rights.”

Walker County Elections Supervisor Barbara Berry said that, when she first called the …

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Jim Marshall: His own poll shows him ahead — but he admits the race will be ‘down to the wire’

Hours after a poll by The Hill newspaper in Washington showed him 13 points behind, U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Macon, released an internal poll that showed him with a 3-point lead over Republican Austin Scott.

Marshall says the race is a 47-44 contest, with 9 percent undecided. But the Democratic incumbent admits that the race will “come down to the wire.”

Read the Marshall poll memo here. The survey was conducted Oct. 17-19 – a few days earlier than the Hill poll.

One significant turnout: The Hill poll assumes a 23 percent African-American turnout; the Marshall survey is based on 26 percent turnout.

From a polling memo from the Marshall camapgin, by The Mellman Group:

Marshall is holding his base (87% among Democrats) and garners significant crossover support from Republicans (19%). On the other side, Scott is getting 73% of the Republican vote. Marshall has a slight 5-point edge among independents (45% to 40%). And though Scott holds a large lead among white voters …

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Your morning jolt: Jim Marshall trailing by double digits, says poll from The Hill

Republican challenger Austin Scott, left, and Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Macon, trade barbs after a debate at the Georgia National Fair night in Perry, Ga., earlier this month. NYT/Grant Blankenship

Republican challenger Austin Scott, left, and Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Macon, trade barbs after a debate at the Georgia National Fair night in Perry, Ga., earlier this month. NYT/Grant Blankenship

In a poll released this morning, The Hill newspaper in Washington says Republican challenger Austin Scott has a double-digit lead over U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall of Macon, one of at least 46 Democrats who could lose their seats next Tuesday.

The horse-race in the 8th Congressional District, which covers much of middle Georgia:

– Austin Scott, 50%;

– Jim Marshall, 37%;

– Undecided and other, 12%

From the Hill:

Of the 42 districts polled…, all but two of which are currently Democratic, 31 had Republicans in the lead. Democrats were up in just seven, and four were tied. In addition, there are some 15 Democratic districts that are so far into the GOP win column that they weren’t polled. That would suggest at least 46 GOP pickups, plus whatever the party gets out of another 40 or 50 seats …

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Judge delays hearing on Austin Scott divorce papers until December

WMAZ-TV in Macon is reporting that the divorce papers of Republican congressional candidate Austin Scott will remain sealed — at least until well after the Nov. 2 election:

A Tift County judge won’t rule until at least Dec. 6 on whether congressional candidate Austin Scott’s divorce records will be unsealed.

After hearing arguments on both sides, the judge ruled this morning that Scott and his ex-wife, Annette Jordan, hadn’t had 30 days to respond to the suit brought by a Democratic activist.

Their lawyers told the judge that Scott and his wife were served with court papers on Oct. 12 and 16.

Judge Bill Reinhardt said he was aware of “the elephant in the room” — the Nov. 2 election for the 8th Congressional District seat — but said the law is the law.

Macon attorney Carmel Sanders filed the motion to make the records public on behalf of her client, Amy Morton. She argues that Scott, a Republican state representative, got special treatment when the divorce records were sealed …

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Your morning jolt: Race and the basics of Southern politics

With one week to go, we’re getting down to campaign basics. And in the South, that means a healthy dose of racial innuendo.

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A mailer from John Barge, the Republican candidate for state school superintendent, arrived at the house on Monday. On its cover was a photograph of his Democratic rival, Joe Martin, and President Barack Obama.

Other than the headline, which you can see here, the flyer makes no mention of Obama. The other three pages of the flyer are devoted to Martin’s lack of classroom experience – a legitimate issue worthy of debate. (Martin, who is not a lawyer, was a longtime member of the Atlanta school board.)

“It is what it is. It’s certainly a distraction,” Martin said in a phone conversation. Attempts to obtain comment from the state GOP, which paid for the flyer, were unsuccessful.

On the other side of the fence, PeachPundit has nabbed sound from what it says is a radio ad playing on stations with African-American audiences. Listen to it here.

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WMAZ-TV: GOP candidate’s 11-year-old son intervenes to block release of dad’s divorce papers

On the day before a court hearing on whether the 2001 divorce papers of Republican congressional candidate Austin Scott should be sealed, WMAZ-TV in Macon is reporting this sudden twist:

The attorney for a local Democrat seeking to unseal 8th congressional district candidate Austin Scott’s divorce records says a request was filed Monday on behalf of the Republican candidate’s 11-year-old son to delay the hearing and appear as a defendant in the case.

A Tift County judge is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday to unseal the documents.
Macon attorney Carmel Sanders filed the motion to make the records public on behalf of her client Amy Morton.

Morton, a Democratic activist, says she isn’t looking for any specific information in the files but says the public has a right to know what’s in them.

Sanders says her office received a motion from 11-year-old Wells Scott today, asking to take part in the records hearing.

“Either the former Mrs. Scott or Mr. Scott have hired a lawyer on …

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Poll by GOP firm: Democrats Jim Marshall, Sanford Bishop on verge of losing seats

Landmark Communications of Duluth on Thursday released the results of a 3,277-voter automated poll that predicted a GOP sweep of the governor’s race and four other statewide contests.

Landmark is headed up by GOP political strategist Mark Rountree. Let that be your “caveat emptor” notice. Late this evening, Rountree released a subset that addressed the 2nd Congressional District, currently held by Democrat Sanford Bishop of Albany, and the 8th Congressional District, held by U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall of Macon.

Says Landmark:

Republican Mike Keown is in a dead heat with 18-year incumbent Democrat Sanford Bishop, which had been unthinkable to most pundits only two months ago. Keown is ahead 47.2% to Bishop’s 44.9%, but within the margin of error which is 3.5%.

And in the 8th District:

Unless something dramatic happens, Democrat Jim Marshall is in a near-impossible hole in his race against Republican challenger Austin Scott. As of now, Marshall is at only 35.1% with a …

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