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Political Pulse: Deals daughter backs Zoller
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On Wednesday, Martha Zoller got an endorsement from She-Pac.

None of the other candidates in the race to represent Georgia’s newest U.S. House seat complained.

The political action committee seeks to have conservative women elected to statewide or federal office.

Clifton McDuffie, Doug Collins, Hunter Bicknell and Roger Fitzpatrick are all men — a fact none of them can change if he wants any chance at winning a Republican primary in one of Georgia’s most conservative congressional districts.

All the same, Zoller’s campaign held a “Women for Martha” luncheon at the Frances Meadows Aquatic and Community Center, at which Gov. Nathan Deal’s daughter, Carrie Deal Wilder, served as the emcee.

Deal, until he ran for governor, represented much of the new 9th District in the House for nearly two decades.

And since Deal became governor, Collins — Zoller’s No. 1 target in this year’s race — has been one of the governor’s floor leaders in the state House.

The governor has publicly shied away from any discussion of this race. But Collins’ congressional campaign team features a number of Deal for Governor campaign all-stars, including daughter-in-law Denise Deal, whose company, Southern Magnolia Capital, is in charge of fundraising.

Emceeing Zoller’s luncheon this week wasn’t Wilder’s first divergence from the rest of the family, it seems. She has also given $250 to Zoller’s campaign, according to a disclosure Zoller filed with the Federal Elections Commission in April.

But despite her public support, it’s uncertain if Wilder will be able to actually vote for Zoller. Though she previously lived in Habersham County, the address listed for her on Zoller’s FEC disclosure references a post office box in Jackson, Ga., as her home.

For those of you who haven’t ever passed the Travel Center with the rooftop neon cross on Interstate 75 or those who don’t happen to know where Georgia stows death-row inmates: Jackson is in Butts County, which, for the purposes of the next 10 years of elections, is Georgia’s 10th District.

If a person moves outside the county more than 30 days prior to an election, he or she loses eligibility to vote in the previous county of residence, according to a primer on registration on the Secretary of State’s website.

“You must register to vote in your new county of residence,” the site states.

Ashley Fielding is the senior political reporter for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with her:
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