ATLANTA — Jason Carter, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, plans to run for governor of Georgia next year.
Carter said Thursday in a phone interview with The Associated Press that the state can’t wait to start addressing an education system he says is on the brink and an economy that’s not working for the middle class.
Carter has been a state senator representing Decatur for three years. He instantly became a political star in part because of his grandfather. Carter would become the favorite to win the Democratic nomination next year. But he also faces long odds.
In the last state election in 2010, every Democrat running a statewide race in Georgia lost. Roy Barnes, a former Governor, got clobbered by now Governor Nathan Deal. Deal will run for re-election next year– but has two Republican primary challengers.
Jason Carter is gaining on Republican gubernatorial candidates
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed isn’t the only one who thinks state Sen. Jason Carter’s flirtations with a gubernatorial bid should be taken seriously.
Better Georgia, a left-leaning guerilla group, commissioned a Public Policy Polling survey of 602 registered Georgia voters this week that found Carter and Gov. Nathan Deal are running nearly neck-and-neck. Executive director Bryan Long, who tweeted #RunJasonRun earlier this week, said he ordered the poll after reading the news that Democrats in Washington in Georgia commissioned a survey to test Carter’s popularity.
So this isn’t the survey that Carter would base his decision on.
The results from the Democratic-leaning North Carolina firm have Deal at 44 percent and Carter, the grandson of the former president, at 40 percent. Women voters form the basis of Carter’s support – 43 percent of female voters would vote for Carter over 37 percent for Deal in a hypothetical matchup.