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Sarah Palin to Campaign in Atlanta for Handel Before Runoff

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 30, 2010

Governor Palin will be campaigning for Karen Handel in north Metro Atlanta on August 9, the day before her runoff with Nathan Deal for the Republican nomination for governor of Georgia.  My guess is that the event will be at the Gwinnett Arena, where Governor Palin campaigned for Saxby Chambliss before his runoff in 2008 and where she spoke at the P. U. R. E. event this year

Berne Becker at  The Caucus at the New York Times writes:

Sarah Palin is heading to Georgia to campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel on Aug. 9, the day before the state holds a runoff election.

In a statement released by the Handel campaign, the former Alaska governor called Ms. Handel a strong pro-life leader and said she was hitting the stump in Georgia because Republicans needed to nominate an ethical candidate for governor.

“She will be the 21st century governor Georgia needs to tenaciously address the state’s challenges,” Ms. Palin added.

A spokesman for Ms. Handel indicated that the event with Ms. Palin will be held in the Atlanta area, though where exactly has not been determined. But no matter what the location, Ms. Handel said in a statement that she was thrilled that Ms. Palin was making an appearance: “The energy and enthusiasm she will bring will make a huge difference in the final push to victory in the runoff election.”

Ms. Handel received Ms. Palin’s endorsement just over a week before emerging from a crowded July 20 primary with the most votes. The former Georgia secretary of state will face former Representative Nathan Deal in the Aug. 10 runoff, with the winner facing former Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes in November.

Aaron Gould Sheinin at the Atlanta Journal and Constitution wrote:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will campaign for Karen Handel the day before the Republican runoff for governor.

Handel’s campaign said the details are still being worked out but that Palin would hold an event from noon to 1 p.m. somewhere in the “north metro area, most likely,” spokesman Dan McLagan said.

Palin’s endorsement on July 12 helped elevate Handel to the top spot in the July 20 runoff. Now, she and former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal will face off on Aug. 10 for the GOP nomination.

“I’m coming to Georgia to campaign with my friend Karen because it is absolutely critical that Georgians nominate an ethical leader and a true conservative to take the fight to Roy Barnes in November,” Palin said in a statement released by Handel’s campaign.  “Karen Handel is a strong, pro-life leader who isn’t afraid to take on the status quo and do the right thing. She will be the 21st century governor Georgia needs to tenaciously address the state’s challenges.”

A Palin visit has always been considered the best chip Handel could play and after weeks of speculation, her campaign confirmed Friday that it will happen.

The timing would appear to be planned for greatest impact. The day before the runoff, Palin’s visit will likely energize an electorate that turned out in low numbers for the primary.

In South Carolina earlier this year, a Palin visit for Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nikki Haley drew 1,000 people with only 24 hours notice.

“I am very excited that Governor Palin is coming to Georgia to help our final get-out-the-vote push,” Handel said in a statement. “The energy and enthusiasm she will bring will make a huge difference in the final push to victory in the run-off election.”

Nathan Deal’s spokesperson went on attack immediately. Karen Handel’s response to Deal’s campaign’s previous attacks is posted on her website here, with a link to the original article.

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