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Local business owners, students, lawyers and other supporters greeted Democratic candidate for governor Jason Carter on Tuesday, one week ahead of Election Day, in the downtown Gainesville square.
Though the city is the home turf of Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter said he felt it was important to bring his statewide bus tour to Gainesville because the race appears so tight.
“It’s important for people to know that, whoever’s backyard it is, I intend to be the governor for everybody in this state and Gainesville is an important part of this state,” Carter said. “It’s important for us to get good turnout everywhere. Every vote is going to matter.”
Carter walked around the square, stopping in local businesses, such as Atlas Pizza and Inman Perk Coffee, greeting customers, including many students, and asking them for their vote.
Carter also spoke with several local business owners, expressing his commitment to support small mom-and-pop shops.
“I just think we’ve got to protect small businesses,” he said, adding that the middle class will be at the center of his economic policy if elected governor.
Jody Cooley, a local lawyer, said he’s optimistic that Carter will have a stronger showing in Hall County come Election Day than many people think.
“We’ve been working hard to get a different voice in the Capitol,” he added. “I think a two-party system is best for the state.”
Polls show a close race between Carter and Deal in the final week of the campaign.
But Carter said he’s energized by the turnout he has seen during his bus tour in recent days.
“We feel like we’ve got all the momentum,” Carter said.