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Candidates enter final week before primary
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The clock is ticking.

On July 20, voters will decide who will stay and who will go, giving candidates less than a week to grab as many votes as they can.

There will be a frenzy of gubernatorial hopefuls traveling around the state, meeting voters, attending events and filling TV screens.

Brian Robinson, a spokesman for Gainesville Republican Nathan Deal, said the Deal campaign will be doing a number of things over the next week — including unveiling a new TV ad.

“We are maintaining a very strong presence on metro Atlanta television thanks to the tremendous financial support we’ve gotten from Deal supporters throughout the state,” Robinson said.

Fellow Republican candidate Karen Handel will be the subject of Deal’s second TV commercial, which will be airing this week.

“Karen Handel has run a relentlessly negative campaign,” Robinson said. “We’re going to put up an ad and tell the truth about Karen Handel while also telling the truth about Nathan Deal.”

Robinson said Deal will also be making his way through South Georgia and metro Atlanta to meet voters in person.

Deal will bring his campaign message to a few big events, including a WSB televison debate, Atlanta Press Club debate and a Fulton County Republican Party barbecue.

“That message is resonating throughout the state. I think you’re going to see us doing very well in places where people didn’t expect us to do well like in south Georgia for example and in parts of west Georgia,” Robinson said.

DuBose Porter, a Democrat from Dublin, will be spending the next few days preparing for events around the state.

“We’re focused on the debates right now,” said Porter spokesman Matt Caseman. “He’s traveling and he’s got events all over.”

Caseman said everyone on the Porter campaign will be busy throughout the week.

“We’re just working really, really hard,” Caseman said. “We’re campaigning hard until the election.”

Ben Fry, a spokesman for Republican Eric Johnson, said the Johnson Campaign will be running commercials in markets throughout the state and focusing on grass roots campaigning.

Fry said Johnson’s team will be knocking on doors, making calls and using social media tools to reach voters and Johnson will be traveling and attending events throughout the week.

“We’re thanking our current supporters for all they’re doing in the tail end of the primary and then also trying to reach out to undecided voters that haven’t made up their minds yet,” Fry said.