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Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 6:13pm

Barnes and Deal Spar In Final Debate

Republican Nathan Deal and Democrat Roy Barnes both answered stinging questions last night in their final debate before voters decide the governor's race on Tuesday.

Behind in the polls, Barnes asked Deal why as a Congressman Deal voted against domestic violence legislation, the Family and Medical Leave Act and money to test DNA samples from rape kits.

Deal said those votes were long ago.

"I'm the only one who has prosecuted rapists and sent them to prison rather than defending them as you have done," Deal said.

Barnes, a lawyer and ex-Governor, said he also prosecuted criminals.

"How dare you stand up here and say just because you prosecuted in some form or another that you can vote against every protection that women have had?" Barnes said.

Deal was repeatedly questioned about his personal finances and allegations that he used his office to benefit his private business.

A third-party candidate also took on the front-runner.

Libertarian John Monds challenged Deal on his conservative record.

Meanwhile, the latest poll from Mason-Dixon Polling shows Deal with 47 percent of support, with Barnes drawing 40 percent. John Monds gets 6 percent, with 7 percent undecided.

The poll paid-for by 13 daily newspapers across Georgia, interviewed more than 600 random likely voters statewide.

Sunday night’s debate is archived on the Atlanta Press Club website and on


Edgar Treiguts