9:33 pm July 20, 2010, by Kristi Swartz
Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes avoided a runoff by trouncing his opponents in the Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday.
Barnes won 64 percent of the vote. He will face a Republican, either Karen Handel or Nathan Deal, in the general election this November to replace Gov. Sonny Perdue.
Republicans had a tougher battle, but Handel won about 33 percent of the vote; Deal 23 percent. Eric Johnson had 20 percent of the vote and John Oxendine 17 percent.
Oxendine, Georgia’s insurance commissioner since 1994, conceded at about 10:30.
The top two Republican vote-getters, Handel and Deal, will face each other in a runoff Aug. 10.
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