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Georgia Sen. Jason Carter (D) of Decatur, talks to members of the media after filing his formal candidacy papers to run for governor at the State Ethics Commission Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 in Atlanta. Carter is the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution/AP)

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Running for Georgia governor, Jason Carter instantly has name recognition and the support of his grandfather’s political patrons. But the state is far different from when President Jimmy Carter held the governorship in the early 1970s.

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