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Jason Carter declares Georgia a 'battleground state' in DNC address

“Greetings from the battleground state of Georgia.”

That was how former state Sen. Jason Carter opened his address to the Democratic National Convention to assert that Georgia is in play this November thanks to Donald Trump’s rise.

Carter, a 2014 candidate for Georgia governor who could be eying another run, was on stage to introduce his famous grandfather.

“I promise he is itching to get on the campaign trail and elect Hillary Clinton,” he said of former President Jimmy Carter.

Then it was time for the elder Carter's videotaped address, one in which he contrasted Hillary Clinton’s message of working “to hold people up” with Trump’s acceptance speech.

Said the elder Carter:

"At a moment when it's become more important than ever to lift people up, to offer hope and a road map to a brighter future, instead we see a Republican president candidate who seems to violate some of the most important moral and ethical principles on which our nation was founded. We can and must do better."

He added: "And fortunately, the Democratic nominee we will soon be choosing offers a stark contrast in both substance and style, and also as competence and experience, to what the Republicans have chosen."

Here's a copy of Jason Carter's full remarks:

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