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A computer monitor displays the speech of Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, left, as he delivers the State of the State address on the House floor in Atlanta, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Deal is asking Georgia lawmakers to support a new plan for fixing low-performing schools after voters last fall rejected a proposal for state takeovers of schools that consistently struggle. The Republican governor said in his State of the State speech Wednesday that nearly 89,000 students were stuck in failing schools last year and their number "will grow with each passing school year" if nothing is done. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal delivers the State of the State address on the House floor in Atlanta, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Deal is asking Georgia lawmakers to support a new plan for fixing low-performing schools after voters last fall rejected a proposal for state takeovers of schools that consistently struggle. The Republican governor said in his State of the State speech Wednesday that nearly 89,000 students were stuck in failing schools last year and their number "will grow with each passing school year" if nothing is done. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal pauses while delivering the State of the State address on the House floor in Atlanta, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Deal is asking Georgia lawmakers to support a new plan for fixing low-performing schools after voters last fall rejected a proposal for state takeovers of schools that consistently struggle. The Republican governor said in his State of the State speech Wednesday that nearly 89,000 students were stuck in failing schools last year and their number "will grow with each passing school year" if nothing is done. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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House Clerk Bill Reilly is reflected in a teleprompter as Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal delivers the State of the State address on the House floor in Atlanta, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Deal is asking Georgia lawmakers to support a new plan for fixing low-performing schools after voters last fall rejected a proposal for state takeovers of schools that consistently struggle. The Republican governor said in his State of the State speech Wednesday that nearly 89,000 students were stuck in failing schools last year and their number "will grow with each passing school year" if nothing is done. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Rep. Vernon Jones listens as Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal delivers the State of the State address on the House floor in Atlanta, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Deal is asking Georgia lawmakers to support a new plan for fixing low-performing schools after voters last fall rejected a proposal for state takeovers of schools that consistently struggle. The Republican governor said in his State of the State speech Wednesday that nearly 89,000 students were stuck in failing schools last year and their number "will grow with each passing school year" if nothing is done. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal delivers the State of the State address on the House floor in Atlanta, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Deal is asking Georgia lawmakers to support a new plan for fixing low-performing schools after voters last fall rejected a proposal for state takeovers of schools that consistently struggle. The Republican governor said in his State of the State speech Wednesday that nearly 89,000 students were stuck in failing schools last year and their number "will grow with each passing school year" if nothing is done. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, center right, walks down the steps of the Statehouse with an aide after delivering the State of the State address in Atlanta, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Deal is asking Georgia lawmakers to support a new plan for fixing low-performing schools after voters last fall rejected a proposal for state takeovers of schools that consistently struggle. The Republican governor said in his State of the State speech Wednesday that nearly 89,000 students were stuck in failing schools last year and their number "will grow with each passing school year" if nothing is done. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal shakes hands as he leaves the House floor after delivering the State of the State address in Atlanta, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Deal is asking Georgia lawmakers to support a new plan for fixing low-performing schools after voters last fall rejected a proposal for state takeovers of schools that consistently struggle. The Republican governor said in his State of the State speech Wednesday that nearly 89,000 students were stuck in failing schools last year and their number "will grow with each passing school year" if nothing is done. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said he misspoke when he referred to "colored people" during a recent speech in Savannah, but he is standing by his overall message. (FOX 5)

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal tells members of the media he'll return in a moment to answer questions as heads into his office after a news event for an economic development announcement at the State Capitol, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Rapper Ludacris, left, bows his head as he's introduced during a visit to the charter school Utopian Academy for the Arts with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, right, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in Riverdale, Ga. Deal and Ludacris may seem like an odd pairing for a campaign event, but the duo was a hit with a cheering crowd of students Friday. Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges has been an outspoken supporter of President Barack Obama, penning a profane song during the 2008 campaign criticizing his opponents. But Deal says he couldn't think of anyone better to inspire students at the event. (AP Photo/David Goldman) **FILE**

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Red state governors, including Govs. Sam Brownback in Kansas (left) and Nathan Deal in Georgia (right), are facing a tough challenge from Democrats. A recent poll showed Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis, a Democrat, leading Mr. Brownback by 7 percentage points. Mr. Deal is operating under the cloud of ethics complaints in Georgia and is facing off against Jason Carter, a grandson of former President Jimmy Carter. (Associated Press photographs)

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal speaks with members of the press after giving remarks about his efforts with job creation and building the state economy during a Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce meeting at the First Data corporate headquarters, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Sandy Springs, Ga. Dalton Mayor David Pennington announced Tuesday, July 9, 2013 that he will challenge Deal in the Republican primary. (AP Photo/Jaime Henry-White)

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal enters a ballroom to give his victory speech as first lady Sandra Deal stands by his side at his election night party at the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson)