Georgia Gubernatorial election, 2014

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Georgia Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Nathan Deal Republican Party
Nathan Deal.jpg

Georgia State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
Governor Lieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney General
Down Ballot
Superintendent, Insurance Commissioner, Agriculture Commissioner, Labor Commissioner, Public Service Commissioner

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The Georgia gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Nathan Deal (R) is eligible for re-election. The winner of the election will serve a 4-year term in office.

Georgia is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[1][2][3]


General Election Candidates

Lost in the Primary

Primary Election Results

  • Republican primary
Governor of Georgia, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNathan Deal Incumbent 72.1% 430,170
David Pennington 16.7% 99,548
John Barge 11.2% 66,500
Total Votes 596,218
Election Results Via:Georgia Secretary of State Election Results.
  • Democratic primary - Uncontested

Race background

Republican incumbent Nathan Deal is seeking a second term in 2014. He easily overtook two challengers for the Republican nomination in the May 20 primary.[10]

Deal faces uncontested Democratic nominee Jason Carter, a state Sen. and the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter.[11] Also on the general election ballot, the Libertarian Party nominated businessman and geologist Andrew Hunt for the office.[12]

During Deal's controversial first term, he weathered ethics investigations and intense backlash of Democrats nationwide for his support of high profile pieces of conservative legislation, particularly regarding gun rights. An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked Deal as the 4th most conservative governor in the country.[13]

Deal has been targeted for protection by the Republican Governors Association, which spent $500,000 on an ad touting the incumbent following the primary election. The Democratic Governors Association is expected to spend substantially in the months leading up to the general election to help Carter retake the seat for the Democrats. In August, The Cook Political Report upgraded the competitiveness rating of the 2014 Georgia Gubernatorial race from "Likely Republican" to "Toss-Up."[14]


General Election
Governor of Georgia
Poll Nathan Deal* (R) Jason Carter (D)Andrew Hunt (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Survey USA/11Alive
April 24-27, 2014
InsiderAdvantage Poll
June 24-25, 2014
Public Policy Poll (D-Better Georgia)
July 11-13, 2014
Landmark (R)
July 15, 2014
Landmark (R)
July 25, 2014
August 12-13, 2014
Landmark (R)
August 20-21, 2014
Abt SRBI Inc/Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 8-11, 2014
Landmark (R)
September 9-11, 2014
September 10-11, 2014
AVERAGES 42.44% 42.51% 5.76% 8.39% +/-3.43 955.9
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to
Nathan Deal vs. Jason Carter
Governor of Georgia
Poll Nathan Deal* (R) Jason Carter (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Better Georgia/Public Policy Polling
October 7-8, 2013
InsiderAdvantage Poll
January 6, 2014
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Poll
January 6-9, 2014
Public Policy Polling (D-Better Georgia)
February 19-20, 2014
Insider Advantage/Fox 5 Atlanta/Morris News Service
March 9-10, 2014
Landmark Communications/Rosetta Stone
March 30, 2014
Public Policy Polling (D-MoveOn)
April 1-4, 2014
Hicks Evaluation Group
August 8-10, 2014
AVERAGES 43.5% 38.75% 17.5% +/-3.89 655.38
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Campaign media

Nathan Deal

One - posted 11/8/13

Goal - posted 5/1/14

Move - posted 5/15/14

David Pennington

David Pennington for Governor 2014 campaign ad - Posted to YouTube Nov. 2013

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
March 7 Filing deadline for candidates
May 20 Primary election
June 27 Filing deadline for independent candidates
July 22 Primary runoff election
September 2 Deadline to file as a write-in candidate for the general election
November 4 General election
January 12, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officials in general election

See also

External links

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