Jimmy Carter’s grandson running for Georgia governor

Jason Carter, the 38-year-old grandson of former president Jimmy Carter, announced he will run for governor of Georgia. (Reuters)

A grandson of Jimmy Carter will seek to challenge Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) in 2014 -- the latest entree into big-time politics for the former president's family.

Jason Carter, a state senator, announced his plans in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He said he will not be running on the family name but rather his own vision.

"He’s my grandfather and he cares about me and we talk," Carter said. "But at the end of the day, this campaign will be about getting Georgia back to where it needs to be. It’s about the future and not my family."

Carter's family has been somewhat active in national politics in recent years.

His oldest son, Jack, unsuccessfully ran for a Nevada U.S. Senate seat in 2006, and a grandson, James Carter IV, helped leak Mitt Romney's infamous "47 percent" video during the 2012 presidential election.

Jason Carter, 38, is Jack Carter's son. He was elected to the state Senate in a 2010 special election.

Deal is not considered among the most vulnerable governors up for reelection in 2014. An August poll from Democratic automated pollster Public Policy Polling showed him leading Carter 48 percent to 33 percent.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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