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30 September 2010

Larry Sabato Moves GA Governor's Race From "Toss Up" to "Leans R"

With just about a month left until Election Day, the gubernatorial campaigns of Roy Barnes, Nathan Deal and John Monds are kicking it into high gear.

However, a widely-respected political analyst suggests that Georgia's governor's race may be getting out of reach for the Democrats.

Larry Sabato, the director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, updated his analysis of the 2010 Peach State gubernatorial election.

We all know that former Congressman Nathan Deal, the Republican nominee for governor of Georgia, has turned out to be a scandal-drenched candidate. Yet it is a measure of how Republican the year is turning out to be in the Peach State that Deal is still leading former Gov. Roy Barnes, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, by mid-single digits in public and private polls. It’s possible this rating could change again if more damaging information about Deal emerges. But the Republican seems to have the edge, despite what has already been revealed, and that merits a rating change from Toss-Up to Leans R.

Sabato, Larry (2010-9-30). Midterm Morsels. Sabato's Crystal Ball. Retrieved on 2010-9-30.