Reading about the Netroots Nation event in Detroit, I was reminded of last year’s NN in San Jose, during which I attended a caucus of Georgians who were cautiously optimistic about Michelle Nunn’s Senate bid but were in near despair that no one could be found to run against Gov. Nathan Deal.

Well, shortly thereafter state senator Jason Carter jumped into the governor’s race, and now according to a new media poll is actually leading Deal 49-41.

Yeah, it’s a one-day poll the day after bad ethics allegations about Deal broke, and sure, there’s a very strong possibility any close race will get knocked into a low-turnout runoff where the incumbent has a big advantage (Georgia has a 50% requirement for victory in general elections). But it’s still a sign that the total lock Republicans had on Georgia beginning in 2002 has begun to loosen. I’ll look forward to learning more during the next two weeks when I’m on-site.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.