Important for Democrats to work as a team if they hope to upset Perdue and the Republicans
[Emory University political scientist Merle] Black said Georgia's larger cities will likely go Democratic, the suburbs and exurbs will likely lean Republican, and the real battle will take place in the small towns and rural areas in central and South Georgia.
"That will be the critical area for this election," Black said.
Atlanta political pollster and analyst Matt Towery, a former GOP legislator, said it's especially important for Democrats to work as a team if they hope to upset Perdue and the Republicans.
"They are in the unusual situation of having to scrounge for money," he said. "And they also have to make sure their message stays centrist and conservative. If they have the same message, that is going to help Taylor a bit."
Towery said Democrats will need to talk a moderate game, but use popular former officials like ex-Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young and former Gov. Roy Barnes to help them drive African-American voters to the polls.
They will almost certainly be outspent by the Republicans in most races. Perdue had $9 million in his campaign war chest at the end of June, compared with $1.1 million for Taylor.