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UPDATE: Deal wins re-election for GA governor

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(Associated Press)

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will serve a second term after overcoming a challenge from Democrat Jason Carter, a state senator from Atlanta and grandson of former President Jimmy Carter.

Unofficial returns on Tuesday showed Deal winning by a wide margin over Carter.

Deal, a former congressman, trumpeted the state's No. 1 rating by business publications and criminal justice reforms during the campaign. Republicans counted on the party's base to hold off Carter and to win Deal enough votes to prevent a runoff.

Deal also criticized Carter, who focused on education funding and the state's high unemployment rate, for being vague about how to pay for his promises.

Libertarian Andrew Hunt also was on the ballot.

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PREVIOUS STORY: Incumbent Republican Governor Nathan Deal is facing against Democrat state Senator Jason carter and Libertarian doctor Andrew Hunt. 

As many know, Jason Carter is the grandson of former Georgia Governor and President Jimmy Carter. And President Carter was in the Chattanooga area recently stumping for his grandson.

And Jason Carter has been hitting the campaign trail hard the past few weeks as well.

Just a few weekends ago he made stops in Dalton and Ringgold.

Carter says while he's proud of his grandfather and his family's legacy on the trail he's distanced himself from that, saying he's just focused on doing what's best for Georgia.

One of Carter's main talking points is education.  

He says he wants to create a separate education budget that can't be touched, to avoid money being funneled away from education programs.

The latest polls show the gap between Carter and Deal is getting wider as it stands now he's about 5 to 6 points behind Deal. 

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