Mar­shall, God­dard visit Cov­ing­ton

Cham­b­liss speaks at GOP rally on square new­ton county

The Covington News - - Front page -

In an elec­tion sea­son that has all of the signs of be­ing a wa­ter­shed event na­tion­ally for the Democrats, Rep. Jim Mar­shall (D-GA) is once again fac­ing an un­com­fort­ably close re­elec­tion race.

A new week­end poll from Sur­veyUSA has Mar­shall, who is seek­ing his third term in the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, nar­rowly lead- ing Rick God­dard, 49 per­cent to 45 per­cent. The poll of 634 likely vot­ers had a 4-point mar­gin of er­ror.

God­dard, a re­tired ma­jor gen­eral and the for­mer com­man­der of the Warner Robins Air Lo­gis­tics Cen­ter, has been heav­ily cam­paign­ing around the 8th District for a year now. He was in New­ton County yes- ter­day af­ter­noon to par­tic­i­pate in a Repub­li­can cam­paign rally head­lined by Sen. Saxby Cham­b­liss on the Cov­ing­ton square.

Mar­shall has raised $1.6 mil­lion this elec­tion cy­cle, ac­cord­ing to OpenSe­crets. org, com­pared to the $1.1 mil­lion God­dard has raised. The newly money-flush Demo­cratic Party that has made it clear Mar­shall’s seat is one they do not have any in­ten­tion of los­ing de­spite his ten­dency to buck the party lead­er­ship on some is­sues.

Ap­prox­i­mately 52 per­cent of his cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions have come from Po­lit­i­cal Action Com­mit­tees com­pared to God­dard’s cam­paign where PACs have con­trib­uted 25 per­cent of his to­tal con­tri­bu­tions. That the Repub­li­can PACs had so lit­tle cash to con­trib­ute to one of the few Con­gres­sional races that they


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