Deal-Handel GOP race remains too close to call

Good morning, Georgia. The same unanswered question on the minds of voters last night remains this morning: Who won the GOP gubernatorial runoff between Nathan Deal and Karen Handel?

The results Tuesday night left the race too close to call. Neither candidate would concede defeat or declare a win. As of this morning, the Secretary of State’s website showed Deal with 290,580 votes, or 50.2 percent of the total, to Handel’s 288,091, or 49.8 percent. The website says the process of certifying the results will not be completed until the week of Aug. 16. The specter of a recount looms.

Bottom line? It’s shaping up to be a very interesting (and nerve-wracking) morning. Keep checking this blog  and Twitter for the latest developments. Here are some helpful links to catch you up:

Secretary of State’s latest tally on GOP runoff

Gubernatorial primary runoff results map

Other local and state results

Photos: See how the night unfolded

14 comments Add your comment


August 11th, 2010
7:53 am

with all the big tax breaks that big companys and the rich get now, why havent they created the jobs that people need.Instead we have seen people laid off and them crying for more tax breaks,I suppose this is what the Gop offers more of tax breaks for the rich. But the children have started back to school and their was not even a tax free day to help the poor ,middle class people get some relief in their pockets. I am even more sure that the people getting unemployment had a harder time even though they get to pay taxes on that money twice. So I would like to know if the GOP answer is to give more tax breaks to rich corporate America to create jobs.If so I know they will not create jobs it hasnt happend yet, they have had plenty of time and have done nothing. This party is all about padding their pockets.


August 11th, 2010
7:58 am

pete=peter pan


August 11th, 2010
8:28 am

Pete, do you really want to know or do you just want to spout the democrat dogma? If you really want to know, I’ll explain it to you because it’s really quite simple?

Jen Chisom

August 11th, 2010
8:31 am

I wonder how Karen Handle is even qualified to lead the State of GA – overseeing K-12 and institutions of higher education when she herself is undereduated – having only a GED and NO college education. I just don’t understand????


August 11th, 2010
8:36 am

Corection Karen has high school diploma which I guess gives her the necessary skills to oversee Georgia colleges/universities. Gotcha (wink, wink).

Mayhem Is Coming

August 11th, 2010
8:39 am

Most likely Deal will win this election. This guy whined and cried during the two weeks prior to the election about Handel picking on him.
Wah! Granted neither one of them showed any class. What amazes me is that this guy is under investigation and could very well be under indictment in the near future. Did 200K+ miss this little detail or just not care? This will bring some unneeded scrutiny to GA. In the end though both of these “candidates” are flawed and if Deal is not under indictment or in jail there is no way I can vote for this guy. King Roy as revolting as this is the throne is yours again in January.
Quoting Col. Walter F. Kurtz from Apocalypse Now, “the horror, the horror.”

David Hoffman

August 11th, 2010
8:40 am

This is a class act. Nobody declaring themselves the winner. Both sides waiting until all votes are counted. What a concept to put into practice.

Do the Math

August 11th, 2010
8:47 am

Enough with the rich and evil corporations not paying their “fair” share. Go to any tax calculator and you will see that the percentage of income paid as tax steadily rises with increasing taxable income. Want to know what’s not fair? Forty percent of the population not paying ANY tax. I think everyone should have to pay some sort of minimum tax – even if it is only $100.

Decatur Taliban

August 11th, 2010
9:24 am

I don’t mind electing someone who doesn’t have a college degree; I’m concerned about the person having the basic common sense to run things effectively with their appointed subordinates. For example everyone should note that up until the middle 1970s a person could still become a lawyer by being an apprentice, law school was a nice embellishment but not a formal requirement. So having a college degree is nice but there are a lot of long term unemployed people comparing where they went to college nowadays.


August 11th, 2010
10:40 am

Pete, quit showing your ignorance “with all the big tax breaks that big companies” … companies in the end DO NOT PAY taxes. Only you do, well maybe you don’t. They simply raise the price of the product they are selling. If the company was making a dime on every dollar, then the government raised their taxes, they don’t say oh we will only make a nickel, or how about if we go broke and make no money at all, shut down our business and kill the 5,000 jobs we now have. They raise the price so they go on making a dime and can stay open giving people jobs and a decent product. Companies get “big” because they offer people a product they want and a price that looks good. Only government makes people buy things they don’t want, don’t need, at a price they can’t afford.

AND quit drinking the kool-aid. Every country in the world, every single time they have dropped taxes on business jobs are created. The evidence is there. Prices drop because the company doesn’t have to pass the cost on. The price drops, people buy more of it, demand goes up, they need to make more, they hire more people. This is simple. Where do you think money comes from – trees?

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