On Tuesday, the Cook Political Report assigned Georgia's 8th Congressional District a "Toss Up" rating. Cook had previously rated the 8th district as a "Likely Democrat" district. The new rating is especially notable because Cook moved the rating two spots, a rare occurrence. This move by one of the country's top political analysts reflects the growing strength of Republican challenger Austin Scott as well as the declining popularity of Democrat incumbent Jim Marshall.
See the new rating here: http://www.cookpolitical.com/
This comes as no surprise given continuing unemployment of over 10% in Georgia, growing opposition to record spending by the Democrat-controlled Congress and Jim Marshall's numerous votes with the Democrat leadership in Congress.
Republican candidate Austin Scott commented on the new rating Tuesday: "My campaign continues to pick up steam every day because Georgians want a change in Congress. Jim Marshall's days are numbered because of his continued support of Nancy Pelosi and her agenda of back-room deals, hocus pocus economics and massive government spending. His repeated vote for job-killing initiatives such as "card check' and increasing the already massive federal debt don't represent our conservative values."
"I am ready to go to Washington to walk the walk and get our country back on the path of economic growth and fiscal responsibility. We must balance the budget and stop deficit spending once and for all. We must put an end to the explosive growth of federal government. The people of Georgia's 8th district tell me that Nancy Pelosi and her supporters like Jim Marshall must be shown the door. In less than 76 days, I'm confident that's exactly what will happen."