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Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 1:33pm

North Georgia Could Gain Power In Election

Updated: 4 years ago.
Power under the Gold Dome could be concentrated in North Georgia If Republicans win all statewide races. (photo by Carl Zornes)

North Georgia interests could get a lot more push at the state capitol, if Republicans sweep this year’s state wide offices. That’s because Nathan Deal and Casey Cagle are both from Gainesville.

History would be made if Nathan Deal wins and Casey Cagle gets re-elected. For the first time in Georgia both the Governor and Lieutenant Governor would come from the same city. And the powerful Speaker of the House, David Ralston, is from the north Georgia town of Blue Ridge.

Columbus University Political Scientist Gregory Domin says while that would concentrate a lot of power North of Atlanta, Republican Party affiliation will still outweigh any geographic consideration this November.

“Will this affect the voters as they go to the poles? Probably not," says Domin. "Because they’re angry about what has been going on the federal level and that will trickle down to the state level.”

Domin says lawmakers from other parts of the state would need to do some "horse-trading" and compromising to get what they want for their regions.

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