Jimmy Carter's grandson to run for Georgia Gov.
November 7th, 2013
09:02 AM ET
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Jimmy Carter's grandson to run for Georgia Gov.

Updated 11/7/2013 at 12:45pm ET

(CNN) - The grandson of former President Jimmy Carter is hoping to follow in his famous grandfather's footsteps, as he launches a bid for Georgia governor.

Democratic state Senator Jason Carter is expected to formally announce his candidacy Thursday morning at an event in Atlanta, but he's already quoted on his campaign website as saying "I am running for Governor because I believe in Georgia at its best."

"In my years in the State Senate, I have fought to grow the middle class and help small businesses; to support public schools and make higher education affordable; and to reform our ethics laws," adds Carter.

"That is what I will continue to do as your Governor."

Carter is expected to become the Democratic frontrunner in the bid to unseat first-term Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, who's already facing two GOP challengers. While Republicans have dominated statewide elections in Georgia over the past decade, Democrats are confident that the state's changing demographics will make them more competitive.

One of Deal's GOP challengers seemed painfully aware of that changing dynamic in a statement released Thursday.

"The Democrats are coming out of the woodwork because they know the vulnerability of our current governor," David Pennington, mayor of Dalton, Georgia, said in the statement.

"If we want to keep Georgia a red state, we cannot have a candidate at the top of the Republican ticket tarnished by ethical problems and who has a poor economic record, highlighted by our state remaining at the top of the unemployment rankings."

Carter was first elected to the Georgia state Senate in 2010. Now, he's looking at taking the next step, as his famous grandfather did.

Jimmy Carter won a seat in the state Senate in 1962 before winning election as Georgia governor in 1970. Carter, of course, went on to win the White House in 1976, defeating incumbent GOP President Gerald Ford.

Carter is not the only famous Democratic name seeking high office in Georgia in 2014. Michelle Nunn is pursuing the same U.S. Senate seat her famous father, Sam Nunn, held for 24 years.

Jason Carter will discuss his gubernatorial bid on CNN's "Erin Burnett Out Front" Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET.

A lawyer by day, Carter first announced his candidacy in an exclusive interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

–CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser and CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this story.


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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    Wow, articles about Democrats today - a refreshing change for this network.

    It will be very interesting to see how Jason Carter and MIchelle Nunn do in their runs for their respective offices. There is some indication that Georgia is trembling toward Purple. Obama didn't lose by all that much there - both 08 and 12 were single-digit losses. Democratic representatives have been elected in Georgia in recent years. Georgia a different kettle of fish than, say, South Carolina or Alabama.

    We've seen Virginia become Blue; the next big state to flip will be Georgia, in my opinion. Not right away, but within a decade. Sooner than Texas, though - talk among liberals about Texas changing is mostly hype, from what I've seen.

    November 7, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  2. Malory Archer

    Data Driven

    Wow, articles about Democrats today – a refreshing change for this network.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    My local CBS news affiliate sure showed its partisan persuasions yesterday. While they were all over the sure thing win of NJ Governor Christie, they didn't even mention the dem win in VA. It was as if the VA Governor's race never happened.

    November 7, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  3. Name carl

    I hope Jason Carter wins.

    November 7, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. Patrick

    Virginia isn't blue, we're purple.

    November 7, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. Larry in Houston

    Good Luck to you, Jason.....Just remember, you are in a republican state....( or a red state ) you've got as much of a chance as wendy trying to run for governor of texas....... Georgia voters can turn it purple, if the 40 & under crowd decides to get off their duff, and unplug their I – phones / I – pads / & every other thing they are connected to, not to mention getting off the sofa, & vote.

    November 7, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  6. the hippies were right

    @Data Driven, your correct about Texas. Not a chance the senate or reps here could be replaced by dems. Possibly Wendy Davis as governor, but nothing more, for a long time.

    November 7, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. Data Driven

    @Malory,

    "While they were all over the sure thing win of NJ Governor Christie, they didn't even mention the dem win in VA. It was as if the VA Governor's race never happened."

    I believe it. Even beyond partisanship, though, the media is completely enamored with Chris Christie. I'm talking, listening to soft-rock classics at 2:00 AM while fantasizing about him enamored. I cannot believe that the ethical problems in his past, as revealed by Halperin and Heilemann, are not being discussed, or that Christie isn't having to answer questions about them. The guy had ties to Bernie Madoff, for goodness' sake. There's even talk about an extramarital affair. Since when has the media ignored extramarital affairs?

    As of right now, they're completely in the bag for Christie, and I'll tellya something: if the race shapes up as a contest between Hillary and Chris - the media preference - they'll take sides with Christie, and convince millions of others to go along with it. Christie failed the VP vetting from the Romney people, but he's passing with flying colors from the media.

    November 7, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  8. Data Driven

    @hippies were right,

    "Possibly Wendy Davis as governor, but nothing more, for a long time."

    Yep, and THAT will only occur with a lotta out-of-state dollars and a bad campaign from the GOP guy.

    November 7, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  9. tiffinS

    If only we could have Jimmy Carter back vs. the epic failure currently residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave...

    November 7, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. rs

    tiffinS

    If only we could have Jimmy Carter back vs. the epic failure currently residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave...
    ______________________
    Compared to GWB? Really?

    November 7, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. The Elephant in The Room

    Presumably, this is Amy's child?

    Georgia, North Carolina & Virginia form an axis of opportunity for Democrats progressive SOLUTIONS. The national party would be smart to run white, female, southern drawl candidates in these states. Attracting female moderates away from the GOP will turn these states.

    November 7, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. much thunder..little rain

    get out your old billy beer the carters are back ...just hope he better than his grand pa

    November 7, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. tiffinS

    rs

    tiffinS

    If only we could have Jimmy Carter back vs. the epic failure currently residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave...
    ______________________
    Compared to GWB? Really?
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    GWB was a disgrace as is our current POTUS.

    November 7, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. Tampa Tim

    A person has to be brain dead to not recognize the ineptness of W Bush, the worst president in history.

    November 7, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. Fair is Fair

    His grampy was an honorable man... terrible president, but an honorable man nonetheless.

    November 7, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. Data Driven

    @Patrick,

    "Virginia isn't blue, we're purple."

    Really? A Dem ran as a liberal in an odd-numbered year in Virginia, and won the governorship - this wasn't even a presidential election; it was all about Virginia. It is time to face facts: Team Red has lost Virginia, a state they could ill-afford to lose. Oh, I'm sure there are plenty of hard-core conservatives in the southern part of the state, particularly the southwestern part, but they're outnumbered. The demographics - they hurt.

    November 7, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. Gurgyl

    Good luck, buddy.

    November 7, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  18. rs

    Data Driven

    @Patrick,

    "Virginia isn't blue, we're purple."

    Really? A Dem ran as a liberal in an odd-numbered year in Virginia, and won the governorship – this wasn't even a presidential election; it was all about Virginia. It is time to face facts: Team Red has lost Virginia, a state they could ill-afford to lose. Oh, I'm sure there are plenty of hard-core conservatives in the southern part of the state, particularly the southwestern part, but they're outnumbered. The demographics – they hurt.
    _______________________
    While it doesn't settle the Blue/Purple thing, according to today's Washington Post, Cuccinnelli lost the single woman demographic group by 42 points, and married women by 9 points. Holy cow! The GOP is now toxic to women. What's left? The GOP is losing Hispanics and Blacks, they're not doing well with the young... keep it up dudes, and your party is through!

    November 7, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. Larry in Houston

    """GWB was a disgrace as is our current POTUS"""

    Answer: THEY ARE ALL A DISGRACE !!

    Here is what it IS . . . . it's voting for the lesser of the 2 evils, period.... ever since Nixon..
    as a matter of fact, I remember Voting for H. H. H. ( Hubert Humphrey) but he didn't make it past 2nd base,
    so what do you do ? Answer: vote for the lesser of the 2 evils.........
    Same way w/ Ron Paul......Most people knew he wouldn't make it past first base, because some of his policies weren't good, or popular, & since they know voting for him was a no brainer, ( plus the fact that your vote would be no good) so you have to go with the lesser of the 2 evils, even if you have to VOTE for a community organizer, with a college degree. >sorry to be so blunt<

    November 7, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  20. VotingBLKAmerican (yes were alive)

    He seems like he's a good person like his grandfather, President Carter, seems very grounded. I hope and pray his win.

    November 7, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. wendel

    Good luck hope he is as honest as his grandpa. Jimmy Carter is a fine man.

    November 7, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. Data Driven

    @rs,

    "While it doesn't settle the Blue/Purple thing, according to today's Washington Post, Cuccinnelli lost the single woman demographic group by 42 points, and married women by 9 points. Holy cow! The GOP is now toxic to women. What's left? The GOP is losing Hispanics and Blacks, they're not doing well with the young... keep it up dudes, and your party is through!"

    I understand your caution about VA, and I don't normally make such blanket statements about a putative swing state, but I stand by this one. McAuliffe ran AS (even if he might not be one) a liberal and won, and this with Sarvis poaching votes from him in NOVA and the 57,000 vote purge a couple weeks ago. Yes Virginia has conservatives. So does California.

    As for the women, well, when a guy starts waving a "magic wand" at them, I suspect they feel repelled. Conservative politicians should take heed, but they probably won't for the foreseeable future. The fundies are a reliable wing that the GOP can't afford to lose.

    November 7, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. Sniffit

    "As of right now, they're completely in the bag for Christie, and I'll tellya something: if the race shapes up as a contest between Hillary and Chris – the media preference – they'll take sides with Christie, and convince millions of others to go along with it"

    Of course. Nothing's more sensational than an "upset victory." Christie's the MSM's only shot at a "horse race" narrative in 2016. He could go bonkers at a puppy farm with an AR-15 and they'd still eat his arse like it's a cob salad.

    November 7, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. Sniffit

    "As of right now, they're completely in the bag for Christie, and I'll tellya something: if the race shapes up as a contest between Hillary and Chris – the media preference – they'll take sides with Christie, and convince millions of others to go along with it"

    Of course. Nothing's more sensational than an "upset victory." Christie's the MSM's only shot at a "horse race" narrative in 2016. He could go bonkers at a puppy farm with an AR-15 and they'd report on what a "good shot" he is.

    November 7, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    His grampy was an honorable man... terrible president, but an honorable man nonetheless.
    -----------------
    ...and LOOK, he's even got grampy's teeth!

    November 7, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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