Porter, Cagle to square off in fall

hduncan@macon.comJuly 21, 2010 

Political newcomer Carol Porter of Dublin celebrated her win in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor Tuesday night, even as her politically-seasoned husband, DuBose Porter, lost the gubernatorial nomination.

For most of the evening Carol Porter led her opponent, Tricia Carpenter McCracken of Augusta, with about 70 percent of the vote. In Bibb County, Porter garnered 6,232 votes to McCracken’s 2,275.

But the road ahead will likely be steeper. McCracken did not mount a campaign, while Porter’s opponent in November is well-funded incumbent Republican Casey Cagle. As of the June 30 campaign disclosure report, Cagle had raised a total of $1.2 million to Porter’s $186,500.

“My race is not so much one party against another, it’s the citizens against the current incumbent,” Porter said Tuesday night from her victory party in Atlanta. “I welcome people from every party. ... We’re going to take back state government.”

While saying she felt “fantastic” about the results Tuesday, Porter acknowledged the moment was somewhat bittersweet because DuBose wasn’t joining her in victory. “No one has worked any harder than DuBose,” she said. “And he’s run a great race. He just needed more money.”

As part-owner and general manager of the Courier-Herald newspaper in Dublin, Porter has worked closely with her husband at the paper as they raised four sons during a 26-year marriage.

The Porters’ campaigns had similar platforms, but they won’t get a chance to govern as a power team. Now the focus is on the general election, with DuBose Porter likely to play a key role in the campaign, Carol Porter said.

As she talks to voters, Porter said she is most focused on unemployment, “increasing financial mobility” for workers and education. She aims to improve public schools by reducing class sizes, increasing technology, and developing better partnerships between high schools and the state’s technical schools.

She also advocates reducing Atlanta congestion, building a passenger rail line between Atlanta and Macon, and deepening Lake Lanier to address Atlanta’s water needs.

To contact S. Heather Duncan, call 744-4225.

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