Last night at what supporters hoped to be a victory celebration for the Martha Zoller campaign, instead became a birthday party for Zoller.
Things got quiet around 8:45pm with people huddling around their computers in small groups looking at election results. Everyone started to realize that Collins had an insurmountable lead.
Around 9:15pm Zoller made the announcement to her supporters that she had just gotten off the phone with Collins and conceded the race. She congratulated him on a hard fought race. She went on to tell a room full of supporters; "
this is not over, the people of North Georgia want a plan, I'm proud of what we did here, I'm proud of the map to prosperity, I'm proud of the fact that we had positive ideas that we went forward in a positive way, I would not change anything we did and I appreciate you so much.”
When asked what was next for Zoller, she replied she was going to be taking a couple of days off.
"The first responsibility I've got is to make President Obama a one term President!”
FYN spoke with Zoller concerning the campaign. We asked her about the final days and the robo calls that Governor Nathan Deal made in support of Doug Collins, also what she thought they did different to get their voters out? Zoller responded,
"I think that was part of it, there was one questionable robo call that did not have a disclaimer on it that I'm assuming came from the Collins campaign that was pretty negative, I'm not blaming Doug for that because we don't know where it came from. He got his voters out better than I did. We had a great grass roots team but we were not able to get our voters out as strongly as Doug did and he gets credit for that."
FYN asked about how campaigns are now using massive robo calls, mailers, and how a candidate always seems to have to defend accusations. Zoller said,
"I tried very hard to keep the high road during this campaign. I think we talked about issues more than the other side. As I said in a couple of other interviews I am not convinced the ninth district does not want to talk about issues. There are a lot of great Congress people that had to try more than once. I do know there is a role for me to continue to help with policy in this region."
Republican candidate Doug Collins will now start a new leg of the campaign as he faces Democrat candidate Jody Cooley.