- The Washington Times - Monday, April 21, 2014

Georgia could see another Carter rise to the governor’s mansion — former President Jimmy Carter’s grandson, Jason, who’s now serving as a state senator in the General Assembly but seeking the executive seat.

Republicans already have the edge in the midterms elections around the nation, but Democrats think they may have found a wedge into the projected GOP wins with Sen. Jason Carter, CNN reported.

The New York Times reported that Republican Gov. Nathan Deal’s favor among voters has fallen a bit since the devastating snow storms stymied much of the region. Strategists say that opens the door to a new face.

“Part of the reason [for Carter’s gain] is because in the South, it’s always easier for a Democrat to win,” one analyst said on CNN.

Meanwhile, Mr. Carter’s campaign has been walking in the footsteps of the successful one of his grandfather’s and taken to the Plains area of Georgia for a revenue-raiser and hopeful boost in polls.

Still others think the former president — who does not tout the best post-presidency favorability numbers among Americans — may actually prove a liability to the senator.

Jason Carter’s people are obviously trying to use Jimmy as a calling card, but if you talk to a lot of swing voters, they don’t think he was the best president we ever had,” said one analyst, in the Ledger-Enquirer. “And how many voters in Georgia were even born in 1976? Time marches on, and Jimmy could be a potential liability.”

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