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Nathan Deal gets back-up in race against Jason Carter

Gov. Nathan Deal's re-election campaign is getting some heavy-duty backup. The Republican Governor's Association has snapped up blocks of advertising in metro Atlanta to bolster Deal's run against Democrat Jason Carter. Only a few of the reports have so far posted, but we're told group is investing significant dollars in the incumbent's campaign.

It comes as a wave of polls show a tight race between Deal and Carter, a state senator who is the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter. One of the latest, from the GOP-leaning Rasmussen Reports, put Carter at 48 percent to Deal’s 41 percent.

The governor's campaign has already unleashed a few of its own feel-good TV spots and Deal said Tuesday he's not too worried about what the polls are showing this early in the campaign. As we noted in a Sunday takeout of the race, June to November can be a geological era in politics.

"I am very pleased with the response I'm getting as I go around the state of Georgia," Deal said. "And we're going to work harder between now and November."

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