Candidates spend day before election campaigning

By Don Logana - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - More than two dozen candidates are running for governor. Two partities are battling it out for a shot at running for Georgia's highest office.

Monday was the last day left for them to campaign and many took a plane and flew from city to city to make a final plea for votes. One by one, they flew in, shook a few hands, and flew out.

The candidates are trying not to make too much of polls, saying voters will tell the true story, but they are hard to ignore. Eric Johnson has been running in fourth place, but the latest poll shows he has pulled ahead of early front runner John Oxendine, who spent the day campaigning in Atlanta.

Savannah republican Eric Johnson, stopped at the International Trade and Convention center to rally for support.

With a runoff spot and a light turnout expected, two other republican candidates flew around the state to energize their voters.

Riding endorsements from Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handle has built a lead in some polls.

"There are plenty of attacks going on right now and I can't control the bad behavior of my oponents, so I will be focused on my message of reform and solid ethical leadership for this state" Handle told WTOC. "We need to deal with illegal immigration, but we also have to get our economy moving again."

"I'm the republican who has the best chance of winning in November," Nathan Deal said.

Deal says he has the momentum swinging his way after an endorsement from Newt Gingrinch. During his stop in Savannah, Deal says he expects a runoff election.

"We don't really care who it is with as long as we are in it," Deal told WTOC. "Of course I have a good friend Eric, who is from your area, and we have good candidates and I just hope people choose me."

The most important part of the last minute campaign stops is getting their message out to voters. The real poll will be on election day, when the people make their choice.

"But I know the most important endorsement is thevoters and I am going to work very hard to every vote coming into Tuesday."

On the Democratic side of the governor's race, former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes did also fly around visiting several cities, including Savannah. He is considered the front runner in the Democratic Primary Election.

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