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Nathan Deal and Republican Bus Tour Stops in Warner Robins
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Georgia's Republican bus tour pulled over Tuesday for a cup of coffee at the Houston County Republican Headquarters.

The GOP is on a five day tour of Georgia, stumping for its candidates on the general election ballot. That includes Republican Gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal.

U.S. Senators for Georgia, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, along with fellow Republicans, rolled into Warner Robins before the sun came up.

Chambliss said to the crowd, "Appreciate y'all being up early this morning."

Nathan Deal came in right behind him, greeting a delegation of Houston County Republicans, including Senator Ross Tolleson and State Representatives Willie Talton, Tony Sellier and Larry O'Neal.

After doughnuts and juice, Republican candidate for the 8th District Congressional seat Austin Scott, introduced the GOP contenders.

Nathan Deal hit on his Middle Georgia roots in Washington County and degrees from Mercer University. He said, "If you want a governor that understands the needs of Middle Georgia, you don't have but one choice in this election. I would suggest to you, it's me."

Deal also asked voters to punch a straight Republican ticket, looking for a "sweep" next Tuesday, Election Day.

He said he's not buying into recent polls that suggest he and Democratic candidate Roy Barnes may face a run-off.

Deal said, "They're still those have not decided how they're going to vote. That's what the election is actually for. Were approaching the 50-percent mark and believe we will win this without a run-off."

Deal didn't mention Barnes directly in his speech to the crowd, but responded to criticism from Barnes made during his bus tour of the state Monday. He said, "He (Barnes) is the king of negative campaigning, and I think the people of this state understand that."

The Republican bus traveled to Albany after leaving Warner Robins Tuesday.

They started in Marietta Sunday, and will end in Gwinnett County Thursday at a rally featuring Newt Gingrich.

Democrat Roy Barnes is on his own statewide bus tour, as the candidates race to Tuesday's finish line. Monday, Barnes visited Forsyth, Macon and Fort Valley. Tuesday night, he will be in Columbus.

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