Nathan Deal claims victory

Republican Nathan Deal claimed victory Tuesday night in Buckhead. He said he had spoken with Democrat Roy Barnes on the phone before making his speech at about 11:45 p.m.

“Georgia has placed its faith in the Republican party and we are not going to let them down,” said Deal to cheers.

Late Tuesday, Deal led Barnes with about 53 percent of the vote. Barnes had 43 percent, Libertarian John Monds about 4 percent.

As the returns rolled in Tuesday night, Republicans were confident they would win all statewide offices.

“This is not an election,” said GOP chairwoman Sue Everhart. “This is a restraining order against Barack Obama.”

In other statewide races, all GOP candidates had at least 54 percent of the vote. U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson was declared an early winner with more than 60 percent of the vote against Democratic challenger Michael Thurmond.

“It looks like our numbers are continuing to rise, and we can win without a runoff,” Deal said as he entered the Grand Hyatt ballroom early Tuesday evening in Atlanta. “”If we can split the numbers of independents, I think we’re going to come out on top.”

“I think we have an excellent chance of sweeping the entire slate,” Deal told reporters. “I’m convinced they’d all do a great job for the offices they’re running for.”

A sweep of Constitutional offices would transform how business gets done in Georgia, he said. “Having a team that I can depend on, a team that can work cooperatively, that’s something we haven’t had in this state,” Deal said. “Having a team that is all on the same page is good for the state. We all know we have challenges in this state, and we have to work together to solve them.”

Jobs and the economy would be the main focus, and something that each office could help others with, Deal said.

“There are all these pieces to the puzzle, and when they fit, that’s good for our state,” Deal said.

He acknowledged that he was tired from campaigning.

“I’m glad this part of it is over,” Deal said. “Now, it’s like when your wife is in labor. There’s nothing else I can do. It’s in the voters’ hands.”

Barnes, who conceded shortly after Deal made his speech, knew he faced an uphill battle in what promised to be a Republican year.

“It is hard for a Democrat to get elected anywhere,” he said early Tuesday night, and then referenced Christine O’Donnell in the Delaware U.S. Senate race. “The witch apparently got beat. Apparently you have to be a witch to be off the far end if you’re a Republican.”

** See county-by-county map of returns in governor’s race.

– Marcus Garner, April Hunt, Steve Visser

306 comments Add your comment

Ashamed

November 2nd, 2010
7:45 pm

If you voted for Deal then I NEVER EVER want to hear you complain about “character” or ethics again. You voted for this guy despite countless scandals and ethics violations. This is one of the saddest days in Georgia history.

UGA grad

November 2nd, 2010
7:49 pm

Monopolies are unhealthy in business and in politics. When you live in a one party state, you don’t really have a choice. We will now have a crooked man as Governor. He will either be insolvent or in jail in the coming months (I guess either way, Hall County gets their own the Governor).

Johnny

November 2nd, 2010
7:49 pm

Amen Ashamed Amen. All those people who say character matter now will never be able to bring that up again. Education in this state will be gone. Good luck bringing jobs to a state that cares little for education. May God help us.

Boo Rad

November 2nd, 2010
7:49 pm

Nathan Deal… WOW!! Expect the same ole same…. What a tool!!

proud voter

November 2nd, 2010
7:50 pm

Why should I let Roy tear us down even further than he did before?

Frustrated

November 2nd, 2010
7:50 pm

Hey ashamed, screw you! I guess you forgot about your ethically challenged Bill Clinton. This was not a vote for Deal but a vote against a liberal democratic party that hates American Values. NO ROY!

jonathan jones

November 2nd, 2010
7:50 pm

so ashamed was i supposed to vote for that 2 faced crook called barnes. hes already been in the goverors seat and he was thrown out after 1 term. Yeah deal has got problems he needs to address, but i think that aside he can help ga out. I believe him more than barnes who we already know what kind of governor he is.

Johnny

November 2nd, 2010
7:51 pm

Hey proud voter.. what are you proud of?

Brazen Unicorn

November 2nd, 2010
7:53 pm

Deal as gov? This is not good.

Johnny

November 2nd, 2010
7:53 pm

Frustrated.. So you voted against Georgia?

Don

November 2nd, 2010
7:53 pm

Oh, good. He’s going to cut taxes and stimulate the economy. Like that’s worked so well before.
And that’s really going to help the state budget.

MONE

November 2nd, 2010
7:53 pm

Barnes is complete moron

MONE

November 2nd, 2010
7:53 pm

Stupid Libs don’t know anything

Live free or die

November 2nd, 2010
7:54 pm

To Ashamed……as opposed to voting for socialist democrats who gleefully trample our constitution in their never ending quest to move power from the people to the government?
Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and their ilk have awakened a sleeping monster. As Nancy Pelosi would say “deal with it”

Educator

November 2nd, 2010
7:56 pm

The problem was/is there’s not much to choose from .. but I am tired of non-educators telling us how to do our business … maybe the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t?

catlady

November 2nd, 2010
7:56 pm

His wife should make him pay for that labor remark. Show him what pain is. And she can enjoy the feeling of sitting back while he hurts like h3ll. Another sign of his anti-female problem.

Johnny

November 2nd, 2010
7:58 pm

Great another teabagger voting on state races that have nothing to do with the feds. Just vote to destroy education in the state. I can’t believe people are so scared of health care that they would vote to destroy our state.

Aware

November 2nd, 2010
8:00 pm

The unethical, and even criminal things RB has done were not revealed, as they were unneeded to defeat him.

But, rest assured, he has lied, sheated, and stolen from the Citizens of Georgia in the past, and would have done so, again.

Thank God he will lose, and lose BIG !!!

greg best

November 2nd, 2010
8:02 pm

Aware…you are a fool and you can’t spell very well.

DaisyD

November 2nd, 2010
8:02 pm

Come on Bo and Luke jump in the General Lee and deliver the evidence that will save this election from the Boss. Oh damn, this is reality. How Sad.

New Logo: Georgia – Hey We’re still better than Arkansas. (But who are we really fooling?)

M

November 2nd, 2010
8:03 pm

the only reason Barnes was thrown out for no name Sonny was b/c Barnes did the right thing and changed the state flag. If he hadn’t done it, Atlanta would be missing out on all sorts of conferences, sport tournaments and other economically positive events that had banned the state because of the flag.

I’m personally tired of dishonest people in office which is why I think Barnes should be put back in office

Live free or die

November 2nd, 2010
8:03 pm

Johnny…we’re not afraid of health care…..however, we are opposed to SOCIALISTS taking over our once free and proud nation. Not only will this not “destroy” our state, our state can instead hold its head high prodly supporting freedom.

Hmm...

November 2nd, 2010
8:04 pm

Seems to me that both sides want to destroy America. Anyone with a brain must either come to that conclusion or, and this is a better conclusion to come to, realize that the vast majority of people that run for public office do so for reasons other than trying to better the lives of the citizens they hope to represent.

All you right wing and left wing nut-jobs are fools. Open your eyes. See what the Republicans did from 1994 to 2006. See what the Democrats have done from 2006 to 2010. The difference is where they want to put the money. Both parties like big government. Hell, I don’t have a problem with big government as long as it is working for the people and not special interests. That’s a hell of a qualification though, isn’t it?

Doglady

November 2nd, 2010
8:04 pm

I’m a Democrat who voted to relieve King Roy of his duties 8 yrs ago..My conscience would not let me bring him back.

Tool

November 2nd, 2010
8:05 pm

“Aware”, a serious question for you:
Please educate me as to the unethical and criminal things (lying, “sheting”, steeling) that Barnes has done. I would like to hear examples.
Thanks.

mike

November 2nd, 2010
8:06 pm

Johnny now i ax you do you want another education level like your buddy The worthless Barnes had when he served. Georgia was ranked last in the nation.. Boo told me that!

From Where I Sit

November 2nd, 2010
8:07 pm

Voted Republican and damn proud of it!

I do not support Barry and the Socialist Agenda!

Enough Said!

Johnny be good

November 2nd, 2010
8:09 pm

Hey DaisyD….instead of knocking your state’s heritage, you should be celebrating it. Frankly, we have sacrificed far too much of our proud past due to the unwanted influence of outsiders. It is time for Georgia to thumb its nose at liberal medlers and get back to our roots.

atlfunlvr

November 2nd, 2010
8:09 pm

Why can’t this state get candidates for anything that don’t look and sound like they are on the He-Haw reunion tour. What a bunch of toads. Everyone is voting for their grandaddy.

Independently

November 2nd, 2010
8:11 pm

I was thoroughly unimpressed with both candidates.

Johnny be good

November 2nd, 2010
8:13 pm

atlfunlvr….those people you mock…they sound that way since they are REAL Georgians….not some left wing northern transplant. Although I am glad that Barnes will lose, at least he sounds like a Georgian.

Karen M

November 2nd, 2010
8:16 pm

If this crooked, woman hating baptist preacher Deal gets in our state will be a laughing stock.

atlfunlvr

November 2nd, 2010
8:16 pm

Sorry Johnny I was born here and that accent has always been the sound of ignorance

mike

November 2nd, 2010
8:22 pm

Barns made it a laughing stock Karen maybe it wont be as much so with Deal….Liberals like you need the Handouts of the democrats i guess.

Army of the Gators

November 2nd, 2010
8:22 pm

Hopefully…the FREE HANDOUTS STOP,in this Obama system.America back to work.America is speaking out across the land,telling us and history what we need to do..the people have spoken,a change in Govt,STATE,NATIONAL.A socialist system does not work!

mike

November 2nd, 2010
8:23 pm

Punkin and all her cousins told me they were voting for Barnes…

I WONDER....

November 2nd, 2010
8:23 pm

if any black people voted today? oh yeah thats right, they only vote when a black person is running.

mike

November 2nd, 2010
8:25 pm

No plenty of blacks voted today why do you think Barnes got any votes at all.

I WONDER....

November 2nd, 2010
8:27 pm

that is true mike

atlppal

November 2nd, 2010
8:27 pm

I Wonder…..I wonder how racist you are?

mike

November 2nd, 2010
8:31 pm

I am not a racist…..But i bet my last dollar you are! I know who the racist are in this country and all that speak their mind know as well

I WONDER....

November 2nd, 2010
8:31 pm

well its true

DaisyD

November 2nd, 2010
8:32 pm

Johnny B..
If your referring to shady, dishonest politics- you can keep those roots, brother. You are obviously a Kool-aid drinker if you can hold your nose to support Deal. Crooked career politicians are big cogs in the problem wheel, regardless of the letter next to their name. You pushing that cog along doesn’t help, either.

DD

mike

November 2nd, 2010
8:32 pm

You can drive in my neighbor hood and never get a second look. But i bet i dont get the same respect when i drive thru yours.

atlppal

November 2nd, 2010
8:33 pm

Any expert on blacks are you? You must be from the north ga. mountains or south ga.

mike

November 2nd, 2010
8:35 pm

You must be from Cabbage Town….It shows

BC

November 2nd, 2010
8:38 pm

Enter your comments here

liberals suck

November 2nd, 2010
8:38 pm

Reginald

November 2nd, 2010
8:39 pm

Those that are so much against Obama, why don’t you just say it is because he is black and you don’t want him leading you! That has been your cry for more than two years. Regardless what he does, the republicans will so NO! Just like that dumb Nancy Reagan did years ago, and that didn’t work. Do you really think what Obama has done in the last two years will be undone by those jerks! Hell no!!! The average American has benefitted from Obama and his policies and that is more than 75% of the electorate. Obama has not raised any taxes, nor imposed gun contol, issues that Republicans always use as a rallying cry. Again only because he is Black are most who are opposed to him are making so much noise! Now, what are the republicans really going to do to make things better? Nothing. Look at ASS backward Georgia for the last eight years. No progress. No lower taxes! Actually they have gone up! Tag fees! Business licenses! Unemployment in the state! And we here in Georgia is about to put a republican thug in office! Just like the British said in ‘04, how can so Many Americans be so dumb! I pray that Obama use his veto pen every opportunity he has over the next two years! And for Georgia! Watch where we end up at! And then what???????

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
8:40 pm

Ashamed, really? Nathan Deal will be much better than Roy Barnes. Talking about ethics violations, well, pot meet kettle. I guess you don’t remember the ethics violations from former president Clinton, nor do you remember the ethics violations from Barney Frank.