Nathan Deal’s Path To Victory In GA GOV

October 6, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol 

Welcome back to Hotline On Call‘s Path To Victory feature, where we take a close look at some of the marquee races this year. On Monday, we examined how former Gov. Roy Barnes‘ (D) plans to return to the Georgia governor’s mansion this year.

Today, we look at former Rep. Nathan Deal (R), who emerged from a crowded and competitive primary to carry the GOP banner. While Barnes’ brand has been a part of Georgia politics for more than 10 years, Deal - who represents a northern Georgia congressional district — is less well known statewide.

But Deal has a lot of things going for him. Most notably, he’s the Republican nominee in a Republican state in a Republican year. If that wasn’t enough, his opponent has plenty of baggage to use against him. “This should be a no brainer for the GOP,” said one prominent Georgia Republican strategist not involved in the campaign.

And with that, here is Deal’s path to victory:

Weather The Storm: As we noted on Monday, Deal has faced a steady stream of stories alleging corruption in the last week. Fortunately for him, though, they don’t seem to be having much effect on the polls. Deal has consistently led in polls, in some cases by double digits.

One Georgia Republican not involved in the campaign put Deal’s position this way: “He just has to not screw it up.”

“Deal just needs to get the normal Republican vote,” said University of Georgia political science guru Charles Bullock. “If he does, he wins.”

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