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May 17, 2014

Pennington still confident as election nears

— Georgia voters go to the polls Tuesday, and former Dalton mayor David Pennington says he’ll keep campaigning right up to the end.

“Just over the last couple of days, we’ve been to Columbus, Albany, Valdosta and Waycross to Savannah,” he said Friday afternoon. “We’ll be back in Dalton (Friday night). Then I’ve got to go back to Atlanta to prepare for the WSB debate. It will tape Saturday but air on WSB at 12:30 Sunday.”

Pennington faces incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal and state school Superintendent John Barge in the primary for the Republican nomination for governor.

So far, Deal has skipped all of the scheduled debates, and Pennington said he expects he won’t show up for the WSB debate.

“He obviously cannot defend his failed record, so he’s not going to show up to a debate and have his record pointed out with him standing there,” Pennington said.

An Insider Advantage poll released Thursday showed Deal leading in the race with 58 percent to 14 percent for Pennington and 7 percent for Barge.

But Pennington said signs point to a record low turnout on Tuesday, which means the results could ride on whose voters are most enthusiastic.

“We want to hold him below 50 percent and go to a runoff. We’ll beat him in a runoff,” Pennington said.

Pennington said he will start Tuesday, Election Day, in Dalton and end the day at his election headquarters in Sandy Springs.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, though those in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote after 7.

Voters must show an accepted form of a valid photo ID. These include a Georgia driver’s license, even if expired; any valid state or federal government-issued photo ID, including a free voter ID card issued by a county registrar’s office or the Department of Driver Services; a valid passport; a valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency or entity of the U.S. government, the state of Georgia or any county, municipality, board, authority or other state entity; a valid U.S. military photo ID; or a valid tribal photo ID.

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