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A college basketball rivalry in the race for governor

As Mercer tries to continue its bracket-busting run in the NCAA tournament with a game tonight against Tennessee, we thought it was time to reprise a Twitter tiff that erupted a few days ago between the campaigns of Gov. Nathan Deal, who graduated from the Macon school, and Democrat Jason Carter, a graduate of Duke University.

It started a few days ago when Brian Robinson, one of Deal's top aides, posted this to Twitter:

As the legislative session ticked toward an end, Carter posted that he had his alma mater, a three-seed, defeating Mercer and going deep into the tourney.

The next day Deal showed his pride for Mercer, an underdog that few predicted would win.

Mercer stunned Duke, and Carter's bracket was left in shambles.

Deal's camp saw an opening - for a free meal.

A few minutes later, Carter's camp had a snappy response.

And then the final word.

At least there's one thing the two campaigns can agree on.

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.