Can Democrat Jason Carter’s forceful governor’s campaign withstand a late barrage of TV ads from GOP incumbent Nathan Deal?

The Republican Governors Association will spend another $1 million in Georgia, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, bringing expenditures to $2.6 million. Meanwhile, the Democratic Governors Association so far has not matched the GOP firepower.

In the U.S. Senate race between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue, out-side spending has dwindled after an earlier rush, the AJC reported.

National money could make a significant difference in Georgia, particularly in the governor’s campaign, where polls show Carter and Deal in a dead heat. If the spending surge gives Deal the edge, Democrats will regret another lost opportunity.

Six years ago, Democrat Jim Martin’s U.S. Senate campaign received little national support, and Martin lost to incumbent Saxby Chambliss in a runoff. But the Democrats’ closest near miss came in 1990, when David Worley, 32, almost upset House Minority Whip Newt Gingrich in the sixth congressional district. 

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