State GOP Plans Major Voter Registration Drive | Georgia Public Broadcasting


State GOP Plans Major Voter Registration Drive | Georgia Public Broadcasting

ATLANTA — While the state Republican party holds all statewide offices, the GOP is expecting a grueling fund-raising year between now and the 2014 election. Chairman John Padgett says the Georgia GOP plans to get in touch with more than a million people during the next 12 months.

Padgett took over as state Republican party chair in May. He says he’s expecting a lot more fund-raisers this year because of all the candidates seeking office. The Republicans are facing a crowded primary.

There are five, possibly six candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Senate to take over the seat held by the retiring Saxby Chambliss. Congressmen Phil Gingrey, Jack Kingston and Paul Broun have entered the race, as have former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel and businessman David Perdue. Perdue is former Governor Sonny Perdue’s cousin. And Politico is reporting that Kelly Loeffler, a wealthy businesswoman who co-owns the Atlanta Dream WNBA team, is also considering entering the race. Then there are three open congressional races, and of course the governor’s race. In addition to Governor Nathan Deal, Dalton Mayor David Pennington and State School Superintendent John Barge have announced they are seeking the GOP gubernatorial nomination.

Padgett says to ensure the party has enough money to fund all those races, a major effort is underway to boost membership.

“We haven’t had a major voter registration drive recently,” he says. “This year our goals are to get in touch with and have some kind of personal contact, or contact by mail or by telephone, with way over a million people between now and the election of 2014. And if we do that and if we do a good job with that, we’ll grow the party.”

Padgett says they will reach out to Latino voters, young voters, Jewish voters and African American voters. Many African-Americans have typically been more liberal. But Padgett says there are a lot of issues that appeal to African American voters that appeal to republicans.

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