The political reporting team at MSNBC has declared that Nathan Deal’s defeat of Karen Handel in the Republican gubernatorial runoff one of the year’s biggest political upsets.
MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Ali Weinberg delcared that Sarah Palin’s endorsement “wasn’t enough for Karen Handel, who — in a bit of a surprise — lost her GOP gubernatorial run-off in Georgia against ex-Rep. Nathan Deal.”
The top upset of the year? Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts over Martha Coakley to fill Ted Kennedy’s former U.S. Senate seat.
Deal is now locked in a general election battle with Democrat Roy Barnes and Libertarian John Monds.