Georgia Election Results:2010 Primary – The former Governor of Georgia, Roy Barnes, won his party’s nomination for governor on Tuesday. On the GOP side of the primary election, both former secretary of state Karen Handel and former congressman Nathan Deal qualified for a runoff election.
Barnes was able to beat out the state Attorney General Thurbert Baker and five other candidates in the Democratic race. He was able to win with nearly 66% of the vote. The seat they are vying for is currently held by a Republican, but Democrats have said that they would like to be competitive during the general election. Democrats hope that Barne’s decisive win means that the state is looking for change, perhaps in the form of a Democrat Governor, even though the odds are stacked against them.
Handel and Deal were able to beat out five rivals in the race for the chance to compete in a runoff election. The two of them combined had nearly four fifths of the vote. Handel took the first spot with 33 percent of the vote, while Deal took the second spot with 24 percent of the vote.
Deal was fueled by an endorsement from Newt Gingrich, who is supposedly considering running for President in 2012, and is a highly respected republican official. Handel received an endorsement from Sarah Palin, who has helped a number of candidates to win their primaries during this primary season.
It will be interesting to see what happens in the runoff election. An endorsement from Sarah Palin goes a long way in most cases, but some have speculated that it could end up hurting a candidate in the long run.