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Gubernatorial Candidates Make Stops in Central Georgia
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The Republican and Democratic candidates for governor have been campaigning in Central Georgia this week.

Today, Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal made a stop in Houston County.

He's on a bus tour with other Republican candidates that pulled in to Warner Robins this morning at the Houston County Republican party headquarters.

Lorra Lynch-Jones will have more on Deal's visit later today.

Yesterday, supporters greeted Democrat Roy Barnes, when he stopped in Macon.

He traveled by bus from Forsyth to Macon to Fort Valley.

He made an appearance at Macon City Hall that was moved indoors due to the rain.  Some of the Macon Democrats who gathered there to greet him included city council members Tom Ellington, Miriam Paris and Larry Schlesinger and state representatives David Lucas and Nikki Randall.

Randall said, "Deal is bad for women," and encouraged people to look at his record on domestic violence bills. She said he has opposed bills to protect rape victims. 

Barnes said the election is about the future of children, and if elected, he would work to guarantee a 180-day school year and stop teacher furloughs.

He said he would "protect the defenseless," especially the seniors. He said women would no longer live "in the shadow of fear," saying he would work harder to prevent violence against women.

Barnes encouraged people to vote in what he said could be a tight race.

"Make sure your husband, wife, your children vote...," said Barnes.

He said he doesn't consider his campaign ads negative but said Deal used his political office for personal gain and there's nothing wrong with pointing it out.

"They have definitely put it on negative and now I've had to fight back.  They've just been overwhelming in the negative character," he said.

Then he headed to Peach County for lunch at Lane Packing and for a rally.

Calls to Deal's campaign for a response to Barnes were not returned.

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