A rowdy crowd greets combative candidates for first governor's debate

A rowdy crowd greets combative candidates for first governor's debate

Perry —  The too-close-to-call contest between Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and Democrat Jason Carter is shaping up to be a referendum on the incumbent's handling of education and the economy.

Both candidates offered clear contrasts on those pivotal issues at a raucous first debate before thousands of cheering voters in middle Georgia.

The two rivals traded barbs and insults throughout the hourlong event at a cavernous convention hall at the Georgia National Fair.

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