Also on the ballot in 2014 will be Democrat Michelle Nunn, who is running for U.S. Senate. Nunn also hails from a prominent political family; her father is former U.S. Sam Nunn, who represented Georgia for years. Democrats are clearly hoping a strong slate with both Nunn and Carter on the ballot and an emphasis on economic and education issues will connect with not only big-city voters but those who hail from rural parts of the state.
On education issues in particular, Carter has already challenged the governor on an effort to address a financial shortfall facing the state's popular HOPE scholarship program, which is funded by lottery revenues.
Challenging Deal in the Republican primary are state schools Superintendent John Barge and Dalton Mayor David Pennington. On the Democratic side, former state Sen. Connie Stokes on Thursday announced that she was exiting the race for governor and would instead campaign for lieutenant governor.