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

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liberals suck

November 2nd, 2010
8:41 pm

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Trey

November 2nd, 2010
8:41 pm

Reginald, if he was black that could possibly be the case, but he is not black. John Monds is black, and I would not mind Monds winning. I just don’t like Obama, so quit throwing your Democrat race card out there as it is older than Ben Franklin.

Fred

November 2nd, 2010
8:41 pm

Let’s face it, we had squat to vote for in the Gov race, but what I don’t understand is how anyone, regardless of party, can be be stupid enough to vote for Hank “Capsize Guam” Johnson??

The man is not smart enough to be classified as an idiot!! He got elected since he was NOT Cynthia, but come on….we would be better with no one in the seat as opposed to him.

atlppal

November 2nd, 2010
8:41 pm

Mike…I’m not from Cabbage Town but I think your ancestors may have some history there.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
8:42 pm

Reginald, Obama is just as much white as he is black.

LostInGA

November 2nd, 2010
8:42 pm

I guess our fees and property taxes (republican taxes) are going to go up again!!! In less than 2 years, Deal is going to be in the black: following Perdue’s path and Deal’s history, Deal is going to direct state funds to him and his cronies. I still want to know how you pay 1% in taxes on 600K in income: I could use that type of advice!!!

Big green

November 2nd, 2010
8:43 pm

You know there is a lot of bitching and moaning about republicans and democrats and no one ever looks at the others or the middle men. I never hit a button for any incumbent today, look at georgia for the last 4 years not one of those people in office now helped you or me. Give someone that has never been in office a chance and someone who isn’t a republican or democrat but we all know we love drama in america and like to lose our world power. America as a whole right now is a joke.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
8:44 pm

Big green, I actually was hoping John Monds would win, but I will still be content if Nathan ends up winning.

anothereducator

November 2nd, 2010
8:46 pm

Reginald -

Did no one ever teach you that you shouldn’t end a sentence in a preposition? “Watch where we end up at!” Don’t end a sentence in “at”. At least use correct grammar if you’re going to SCREAM at people in a blog posting.

Mike

November 2nd, 2010
8:46 pm

Mom/Dad – Can I have your credit card. I promise to be good.

2010 and 2009 Budget Deficit:
CBO estimates that the federal budget deficit was slightly less than $1.3 trillion in fiscal year 2010 and $125 billion less than the shortfall recorded in 2009. The 2010 deficit was equal to 8.9 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), CBO estimates The 2010 deficit was the second-highest shortfall—and 2009 the highest—since 1945, relative to the size of the economy.

2008 and 2007 Budget Deficit:
US Budget Deficit: 2008 Doubles 2007
The Congressional Budget Office projects the federal deficit for fiscal 2008 (which ends September 30) at $407 billion for fiscal 2008, more than double last year’s figure. Next year’s deficit is currently projected at $438 billion — that’s before taking into account Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. As the Wall Street Journal notes, the problem is spending, which is expected to hit 21.5% of GDP next year.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
8:48 pm

Big Green, I wouldn’t call our country a joke, but I would say it could be improved. If people start voting for the third party to give them a chance and wait another two years and vote Obama out of office, as he needs to quit playing president and leave it to someone qualified. However, it’s going to be a while before a third party wins, as you know money is pretty much what wins everything.

ruby

November 2nd, 2010
8:48 pm

Johhny be stupid, not everyone from the north is a dem. Saying that all northerners are democrats is like saying some southerners are smart.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
8:49 pm

anothereducator, I noticed that, but I know I am guilty of that, as well, so I didn’t call him out for ending his sentence in a preposition.

Vexorg

November 2nd, 2010
8:50 pm

Democrats: The formerly conservative party that sold their soul to the kooks, commies, crackpots, and COMMUNISTS in 1968 for the sake of a vote.

What ever happened to the CONSERVATE WING of the Democrat Party that stood up for the rights of workers and the middle class? That believed in family values, patriotism, and the love of our country?

The Democrat party has been hijacked by the failed misbelievers in SOCIALISM AND COMMUNISM…which is why I will NEVER SUPPORT a political party that is willing to sellout all the freedoms we as Americans enjoy in a FREE-MARKET SOCIETY, for more GOVERNMENT INTRUSION AND CONTROL of our lives, our property, and our incomes.

Obama mamma

November 2nd, 2010
8:51 pm

Please don’t shoot my cows! The Obama empire is crumbling fast! BTW…photo required to vote!

anothereducator

November 2nd, 2010
8:51 pm

Sorry…it was just bugging me, Trey. And Ruby – that remark about southerners being smart was below the belt. There’s no need to be rude. Believe it or not…there are southerners who are smart. I happen to be one of them.

JD

November 2nd, 2010
8:52 pm

Racist or not. Every last one of you that has posted knows this is all about Barak Obama being a black man. This election is about hate and racism. Dems or Reps aren’t perfect but I would love to sit down with all of you all and really get substance out of you instead of hateful rhetoric. I haven’t heard one concrete issue that has come before us where the Reps have offered a better plan than the Dems with issues that face us all. They have been a party of not just no but h*ll no.

If I came to any of you and asked you if I could be in charge of your financial portfolio and you knew upfront there were some serious questions about my finances and other ethical issues would you allow me to take it and be in charge of it? This man can’t control his own finances and the hatred for a president that happens to not be white is crazy when you think about the possibility that you all are willing to go with a ethically challenged insensitive hate filled crook that wants nothing but to be able to give himself and his buddies favors.

Mark my word. The state of GA will suffer greatly if No Deal is in the governor’s mansion. You all have no clue what is awaiting with this idiot.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
8:53 pm

anothereducator, I don’t blame you. I know it was kind of getting on my nerves. I wanted to call him out, but I knew I’d be hypocritical if I did. I try my best to keep from ending my sentences in prepositions, but sometimes it’s hard to find a way to keep it from ending in a preposition.

Analyze This

November 2nd, 2010
8:55 pm

I Wonder. I guess all the white people vote when they’re scared to have a black person win an election. It’s funny how poeple react when race is involved. Must be the threat of losing power in the air ! LMAO

mike

November 2nd, 2010
8:55 pm

atlppal why dont you k*** my . Its you the racist…and you darn well know it…Never mind your little run off at the mouth crap.. You dont mean crap to me or this election…

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
8:56 pm

JD, if Obama is not white then he is not black. This has nothing to do with Obama being a “black” man. I don’t care what anyone’s race is when running. As I said earlier, I’d be happy if John Monds won, guess what, he is black!

Obama mamma

November 2nd, 2010
8:57 pm

JD- you are the racist! You want “substance”– look at the spending in DC. Look at small business owners and their issues. Look at your paystub and your taxes (assuming you are employed and paying Uncle Sam). Look at the jobless rate… what other “substance” do you need?

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
8:58 pm

mike, they pull the race cards because they are ignorant and do not know any better. Obama’s not black. People just have to pull the race card, because they voted for him and they realize that he is not qualified, so they pull the race card to blame others for this screw up in office.

Sad Day for Georgia....AGAIN!

November 2nd, 2010
8:58 pm

I love Georgia, been here my whole life, but you guys are voting for a bad Deal. Even this Conservative Republican can see it. I have my values and ethics, but Nathan “Bad” Deal is not the man. I voted for Georgia today, not against Georgia.

Obama mamma

November 2nd, 2010
9:02 pm

Sad Day- trust me, our future is bright now!

Exit strategy

November 2nd, 2010
9:03 pm

You idiots that voted for Deal will get just what you deserve. Years of corruption, a destroyed education system, and of course he will solve his on financial problems. Socialism – you nuts don’t even know the meaning of the word.

Frustrated

November 2nd, 2010
9:03 pm

Hey Johnny, My vote was for Georgia. Take a look at the freaking you fool! Georgia is a conservative state and barnes is a slap on the back cigar filled room big government liberal.

OHWELL

November 2nd, 2010
9:04 pm

WELL TIMES ARE JUST GOING TO GET
MORE SCREWED UP WITH THE REPUBLICANS
IN CONTROL LIKE THEY WERE WHEN BUSH
LET IT ALL GO TO HELL

B. Thenet

November 2nd, 2010
9:04 pm

Barnes is doing better than expected in South Georgia, this one might get close enough for a run off before it is all over.

atlppal

November 2nd, 2010
9:04 pm

Mike….come on, let it all come out. I’m waiting on your hood to come out next.

Philly

November 2nd, 2010
9:05 pm

Now it’s time for the republicans to govern. We’ll see how it goes.

no dawg in this fight

November 2nd, 2010
9:05 pm

careful what you wish for people……The last republican, at least president, absollutelly destroyed the finances of this country…..Clinton, left us with our only surplus in our lifetime and no it had nothing to do with Reagans crooked arse!……….I dont care what he did, my wallett and yours has never been fatter……I cannot stand Obama, but look at the cards he was dealt to play with……I vote both ways to be absollutelly honest……Obama must be gone but what is the answer?…..We need another party with different views because what were seeing from our current ones arent working…….Dont play the moral card either……He or she can be the devil to me as long as our country is running smoothelly

Fred

November 2nd, 2010
9:06 pm

JD, its about Obama being a lousy president.

Trust me, if he had turned the economy around, we would sing his praises, but, he used methods that have been proven before not to work.So you do you job poorly, you get fired, no mater what your color is.

no dawg in this fight

November 2nd, 2010
9:07 pm

Yep, thats the answer, lets get some more folks like Bush in there…..we see where that got us……BROKE!……

JD

November 2nd, 2010
9:08 pm

If it’s not about race then please give me SUBSTANCE that has come from the Reps about concrete issues facing our families and each other. Someone please tell us in the last two years what has come from the Reps other than just no. We are trained on our jobs to be teammates and work together. The reps have done nothing to help America other than scare tactics. Dems nor the president are perfect but you can’t have an environment where no one wants to stand up and honor us as Americans, black or white, and say we need to work together. I haven’t heard one republican say that they will work on both sides of the aisle because we the people deserve it. Dems have the same responsibility and they aren’t living up to their end either. Stop saying no and work together with substance so that we all can make unbiased intelligent decisions during election time about who we want to help this state and as a result our childrens future will be brighter.

Give us Substance instead of using this as a personal rant. SUBSTANCE PLEASE?

B. Thenet

November 2nd, 2010
9:08 pm

Frustrated: Are you kidding me? The GOP owns the state legislature. They own the back room, and enjoy the cuban cigars provided for them by the special interests. We have one of the most corrupt state legislatures in the entire country, a den of half naked scum fooling around with lobbyists. It is run by the GOP.

Philly

November 2nd, 2010
9:09 pm

What has the president done so far in office to be labeled a lousy president. Examples please. Just curious. What is the alternative?

Matt K.

November 2nd, 2010
9:10 pm

Fred

November 2nd, 2010
9:10 pm

No Dawg, you cannot blame this mess on Bush or any one president, THEY ALL ARE TO BLAME BACK TO CARTER. We have to accept that not everyone should Own a Home. They used it to buy votes and look where it got us.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
9:11 pm

nodawginthisfight, I agree a new party needs to come into party, but people only want to vote Democrats or Republicans and won’t give a third party a try. Also, money plays a large part in the winners.

Mike

November 2nd, 2010
9:11 pm

no dawg in this fight: Barney Frank and the Mortgage melt down….Look into it.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
9:11 pm

I mean a new party needs to come into power.

Fred

November 2nd, 2010
9:12 pm

Philly

Obama Care that we cannot afford and you cannot build the economy with more Government jobs!!

What has he done that has not COST this county billions??

J. Amis

November 2nd, 2010
9:12 pm

God help Georgia! I’m so glad I got out while I could (I now live in Montreal, Canada)! It’s so sad that such a corrupt, right-wing, ignorant bigot could get elected to the highest office in the state… but I’m not surprised, that’s Georgia for you after all, unfortunately… For those who say Deal will ’save us’ from the ‘liberal democratic party’ — well, you’ll get what you asked for… For those who hope for a Georgia that is somewhat more advanced than the Middle Ages — well, my condolences… There’s plenty of room up here in Canada, though!

May Georgia rest in peace — and may God have mercy on her soul (after Shady Deal gets through with her :-( (( )

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
9:13 pm

Mike, the no dawg actually does support something good in trying to give a third party a chance, instead of the same Democrats or Republicans.

OHWELL

November 2nd, 2010
9:13 pm

NEW PARTY NOT GONNA HAPPEN TOO MUCH CORPORATE MONEY INVOLVED

Get a clue

November 2nd, 2010
9:13 pm

Seriously? Bush and Perdue are both awful and have driven our state and country into the ground. How can you blame a president in office for such a short period of time when the last president ruined our economy? Deal is a crook and you “conservative” repubs are clueless if you think he has values, morals or ethics. What a joke. My ballot had libertarians, Dems and repubs on it, but Deal wasn’t even considered!

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
9:14 pm

OHWELL, that’s true, but one day it could happen. You never know.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
9:15 pm

Get a clue, many Democrats blamed Bush after being in office for less than two years. So tell me, when will be enough time for us to be able to hold the president accountable for his actions?

B. Thenet

November 2nd, 2010
9:15 pm

Fred: The Iraq and Afganistan wars have cost us billions. Giving Wall Street an unregulated sandbox to play in has cost us billions. Yet you want to return to power the political party responsible for both.

To be honest, Obama is a penny pinching spendthrift compared to the GOP.