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

Praise the Lord

November 2nd, 2010
9:16 pm

You idiots who are claiming that anyone who is against Obama is a racist are the real racists. You are upset becasue We the People have stood up and stopped him from turning this great nation into a European Socialist state….and taken you off the public teat. Roy Barnes had his chance at being governor and was TERRIBLE!!! Deal may or may not be any better, but at least he will be different. And King Roy is as corrupt and dishonest as Nathan Deal ever thought about being, so don’t put on airs.

emergency worker

November 2nd, 2010
9:16 pm

Our state is going to hell just like our new governor will be going to jail….and no before you say it I didn’t vote for Barnes either…and no I’m not black…and no I don’t vote for someone because of their race….Deal is a CROOK mark my word…watch what happens to our state. I DARE A REPUBLICAN to say anything about Deal being a bad person once he gets going in office. They will hear me tell them WE TRIED TO TELL YOU SO!!!

DK

November 2nd, 2010
9:16 pm

@Reginald – Real nice to call people you don’t know bigots. Blacks act like they single-handedly voted Obama into office. Your race makes up less than 13% of the population. It’s a joke to think you could elect any national candidate on your own. Many more white people voted for Obama that did black people and that is why he is now president. Bigot!

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
9:17 pm

Get a Clue, also at least Deal is not an old, fat, gay man with a lisp named Barney Frank who had sex with a man on the floor in Congress. To talk about morals or ethics is hypocritical.

atlfunlvr

November 2nd, 2010
9:17 pm

Mike, Barney Frank has probably never packaged a mortgage….look into it. Unregulated Wall Street did it.

Fred

November 2nd, 2010
9:19 pm

Trey – AMEN!!! Please give us someone we can get behind who knows what this country needs AND knows we are NOT A DEMOCRACY!!

Just another educator

November 2nd, 2010
9:19 pm

Obama is black?

Get a clue

November 2nd, 2010
9:19 pm

Trey
Anyone elected president would be in the same boat today. What they walked into was awful and the worst economic crisis to happen in a long, long time. Wouldn’t be any better with Mcain. Bush had 8 years and look what he left. I am not a huge Obama fan either just as I am not a huge Barnes fan. That being said Barnes clearly has a better track record than Deal. The funny thing is when GA is still in the crapper it will have been under 12 years of republican control. We need a new 3rd party for those of us who are in between the Dems and repubs.

Jef

November 2nd, 2010
9:20 pm

Roy Barnes may be the most unexciting candidate for Governor that ever lived but Nathan Deal will be the newest inmate in some federal prison by the end of his term. What a crook and a tool.

Bluedevil

November 2nd, 2010
9:20 pm

No we dont like Obama because he’s an idiot Socialists with a disturbing past who has been cast into the highest position in the free World by AGENDA driven, welfare State, free loaders who push equality for all no matter if you work hard or not. Take from all and give til were broke!!! Couldnt care less what his color he is! The problem is the BLACKS didnt turn out until he ran….so who’s racists???

Mike

November 2nd, 2010
9:20 pm

B. Thenet missed the deficit message….tunnel vision

OHWELL

November 2nd, 2010
9:20 pm

THEY ALREADY ARE TALKING ABOUT NOT COOPERATING
WITH ANYTHING AT ALL THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO DO

Philly

November 2nd, 2010
9:21 pm

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??

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Need more specifics please. What things should we cut?

OHWELL

November 2nd, 2010
9:21 pm

LIKE THEY EVER HAVE ANY HOW

You might be a racist if......

November 2nd, 2010
9:21 pm

You wanted to take your country back 39 days after Obama was elected. Because that’s when the tea bagger movement officially started. Well before any of the “socialist” policies were enacted.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
9:22 pm

Fred, I don’t have much of a right to complain about who wins, as I accidently left my absentee ballot when I was leave back in Georgia, but I am still paying close attention to the race and I have been hoping John Monds won, but if not I will still be content with Nathan Deal. However, I don’t plan on complaining if he is that bad, as it’s my fault for leaving it in Georgia.

Fred

November 2nd, 2010
9:23 pm

B – if you think that i am a fan of the republicans, you are way off.

I voted Libertarian.

Both parties are to blame, period!! The Reps for letting the Financial markets run wild and the Dems for trying to turn us into a welfare State.

We need a better choice!!! What we have is not it!!!

VoteCandidateNotParty

November 2nd, 2010
9:23 pm

One thing I know people hate for race to be mentioned. “Those blacks always whine but it’s not about race it’s about socialism”. The point is clear the word “n-gg-r” has been replaced with other buzz words that strike fear/anger into (white)peoples hearts. The simple fact no one, including myself, thought we would see a black man President of the United States. Now that has happened it is the living nightmare of some whites.

We have had corrupt policticians in BOTH parties and while people moaned and complained I have never seen the level of disrespect this President has received. While I do not agree with some of his policies, I respect the fact he is the President and is owed a certain amount of respect. I can remember when people called you un-American for not agreeing with some of President Bush’s war policies. Where was all of this outrage when the prior presidents were sending our jobs overseas and factories were closing left and right. Have you called to make a hotel reservation lately? Good luck getting someone who speaks fluent English. I say it’s too late to “take your country back”. It was sold about 10 years ago.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
9:25 pm

Get a clue, I completely understand with what you are saying, but Barnes was a disappointment when he was in office and Deal is someone different who may or may not be better than Barnes. To me, most politicians are the same, greedy, corrupt and care about themselves as long as they can steal from the tax payer. I want to see a third party win, but they aren’t as rich with all of the corporations behind them.

JD

November 2nd, 2010
9:25 pm

Obama Mamma or whomever you are, My paystub has the same taxes withheld from Bush II. Small business and their issues: If Bush II’s wealthy tax cuts weren’t there then small businesses could receive a larger tax break to free up money to hire more people. Jobless rate: Need I remind you that this started with a lie about Saddam Hussien and Iraq and it backfired. See our greedy government thought that they could somehow blame SH for 911 and that would give us the excuse to invade Iraq and as a result put a stranglehold on the Mid-East oil haven. Why do you think all of sudden Iran has looked the U.S. in the face and said, “Here I am, come get some if you want it bad enough”? We spent billions in a country where we had no business at all. We could have used that money and blew every mountain up in Afganistan and Pakistan until the coward rat would have been dead or the governments of these country would have said No Mas, here he is.

As for your smart comment about assuming I’m employed: I am and my work everyday involves using your tax dollars and mine to take care of men and women who are brave and honrable. I don’t know about you but I don’t live by greed so my tax dollars are worth them and more including you as a human being.

THAT’S SUBSTANCE. WHERE’S YOURS?

Dumb Masses

November 2nd, 2010
9:25 pm

Barnes was an unadulterated failure. As Sonny Perdue said, “I wouldn’t think you’d hire a guy you fired just a few years ago.” He did nothing to create jobs, as he claims. He was the beneficiary of being Governor when companies were falling over themselves to move to Georgia. He made it more difficult than it should have been. He announced Daimler-Chrsyler moving to Savannah when they said they weren’t ready to. He was an embarrassment.

I’m no fan of Deal, but he’s certainly the lesser of two evils.

Jim Chapman

November 2nd, 2010
9:25 pm

Nathan Deal is a raw deal for Georgia.

You might be a racist if......

November 2nd, 2010
9:26 pm

Philly

November 2nd, 2010
9:28 pm

No we dont like Obama because he’s an idiot Socialists with a disturbing past who has been cast into the highest position in the free World by AGENDA driven, welfare State, free loaders who push equality for all no matter if you work hard or not. Take from all and give til were broke!!! Couldnt care less what his color he is! The problem is the BLACKS didnt turn out until he ran….so who’s racists???

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That’s one of the worst post of the evening. Don’t bother giving any specifics, just blurt out random talking points and race bait. You Sir ….FAIL!!

OHWELL

November 2nd, 2010
9:29 pm

GEORGE WAS THE BIGGEST IDIOT

Praise the Lord

November 2nd, 2010
9:30 pm

If I thought they would cooperate with Obama I wouldn’t have voted for them you imbicle….We are trying to STOP Obama from destroying our nation—not help him. What do you like most about Obama? That over and over and over he holds his hands folded at his crotch while everyone else salutes the flag—or the way he bows to foreign princes? or the way he promises to stand with Islam against Israel—or the part where he doubled the the national debt—-or the way he wants to add back the death tax on January 1–or the way he wants to do away with the other Bush tax cuts…..I know—The way he promises to take money from hard working Americans and give it to sorry people who sit around on their dead a$$e$ all day—that’s what you REALLY like about Obama….and I am not in the least racist…I don’t like his white half, either.

Rural Education

November 2nd, 2010
9:30 pm

Not surprised, Georgia is always about a decade behind the national trend. Let the Republicans have all the levers, then they have to take all the blame. When a church deacon told me that if you voted Democrat you were immoral, that told me all I needed to know. People are just now conditioned to vote Republican. For many years it was Democrat. What this means for the state is really not much of a change. No real ethics law, a continued attack on public schools, and more cronyism. Happy Days

Aquagirl

November 2nd, 2010
9:30 pm

Republicans convinced their drones they could send a message on Obamacare—by electing a guy who voted for the $727 billion Medicare part D.

david

November 2nd, 2010
9:30 pm

What a shame. All of you have forgotten what it took to help Atlanta grow proudly since the Civil War. Years of Democratics leading this state. Roy, in his last term in office stood up for what Atlanta could be after the Olympics – a winner. Instead, you got a bunch of babies in Lawrenceville upset about spending money on the outer perimeter – what have we seen since? Roy had not 1 but 2 resevoirs teed up – what do you have now Atlanta? – NO WATER – unless you pay Buford and Gainesville – Gwinnett and Hall County – a WATER tax ( want to know what is really behind Nathan Deal running for Governor?), a change to the flag – what a bunch of morons for ignoring how critical that was to venues and continued prosperity for this fine state – and teachers crying about change in the classroom – while Gwinnett county gets paid 1 MILLION for having the best school system in the entire USA ..fundamentally a continuum of what Roy started- and yes appropriately succeeded from the rule of the state of GA – due to no progress, only beauracracy since his exit. Remember that Hope Scholarship? Watch our younger families start to hurt and our fine universities start to fail as the administration that you elected seizes that pile of money – for emergency funding for state operations. In Roys term, an inland port was being discussed. Watch the complaining in 2012 and 2013 as the opening of the Panama Canal moves closer to reality. Think we have enough traffic now? Try the busiest port on the East Coast in Savannah. Try the busiest cargo airport in the country – stalled due to inability to land the largest cargo planes. Try third and fourth place in passenger travel as we can not land the largest Airbus A350 planes – unless we wipe out a city. We have the chairperson for the Federal Rail Association right here in GA. Did we get any High Speed Rail Money? not a cent. You voters out there, you deserve what you get. Make your bets 4 years from now, you will all be crying that Charlotte, Birmingham, Huntsville, Chatanooga are the best places to live in the Southeast region. Roy stood for economic growth and that means jobs. Atlanta will become a poor city that leads to a devastated regional economy and in 4 years it will be blaah blaah blaah…what we might have become. Georgia … where voters made the difference in 2010. Try Houston for a great model of how not to run a city.
Personally I moved here from somewhere else, all kids have taken advantage of Hope so I can say Thanks Atlanta, it was good while it lasted. Call me at my new Charlotte – the true Jewel of the South address.

eLVIS

November 2nd, 2010
9:30 pm

MIKE,

You are right, if you ride in my neighborhood they will look twice, because people like you are always buying drugs in my community.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
9:31 pm

OHWELL, Bush played you if you think that. You do know the president is more or less a figure head of those above him, right?

B. Thenet

November 2nd, 2010
9:31 pm

Fred: A vote for the libertarians is a vote for deregulation. Regulating anything is not what they are about.

Mike: If you are serious about reducing the debt, I find it hard to believe you would be interested in lowering taxes. Talking about deficit spending is nice, tell me what you cut from the ever expanding Defense budget. Talk is cheap.

J. Amis

November 2nd, 2010
9:32 pm

Barnes was never ‘fired’ — he was ousted by a pack of pitchfork-toting redneck neanderthal ‘flaggers’ who believed Perdue who restore the Confederate Battle Flag to the Georgia flag. Perdue manipulated these sincere but ignorant people to get elected — leading them to believe he would allow Georgia to vote to restore the old flag. He never had any intention of doing such (and with reason, because the old racist confederate flag has no place in modern GA), but used these people to just to get into office. So, to say Georgians ‘fired’ Roy Barnes is incorrect — it’s more like Sonny Perdue got the job by falsifying his application…

williebkind

November 2nd, 2010
9:32 pm

Well, I see the democrats still have not taken back their party. They continue to elect some progressive liberals espcially in NE states. I hope the conservatives continue to win. That means the American people are tiring of the progressive agenda.

OHWELL

November 2nd, 2010
9:32 pm

SORRY GEORGE BUSH DESTROYED OUR NATION ALREADY

Mike

November 2nd, 2010
9:32 pm

I was an Atlanta resident until last summer. I’ve been eagerly anticipating election day to see if Georgia residents would stoop as low as I assumed they would. As usual, my birth state has lived down to my expectations. Ah, well. I guess everyone wants to turn back the clock to the good ‘ol days in Georgia, instead of doing whats right to move the state and the country forward. Thankfully, I moved on to New York City. I just hate that my friends and family are still residing in such a wasteland.

Fred

November 2nd, 2010
9:33 pm

Philly,

Where has Obama Saved us any money??

Specifics please.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
9:34 pm

OHWELL, do you really feel the need to type in caps? Can you cut the caps and have a normal debate?

OHWELL

November 2nd, 2010
9:35 pm

FREEDOM of speach i guess

Mike

November 2nd, 2010
9:36 pm

Elvis: Got amy – I’m out!

OHWELL

November 2nd, 2010
9:36 pm

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
9:36 pm

OHWELL, it’s fine.

nancy

November 2nd, 2010
9:36 pm

to all you idiots that voted for Deal – the guy is a CROOK – look at him – read what he has done. I cannot believe I continue after 36 years to live in a state that elects idiot crooks like him. He will pay his bills off using our money. This is not about liberal vs conservative. This is about relatively honest person versus an outright liar. And we will pay his salary. I personally would not contribute one penney towards his salary. Worried about healthcare?? The best thing that has happened to us in many decades is obamacare as you idiots refer to it. Insurance companies are ROBBING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND YOU ARE GIVING THEM CART BLANCHE TO CONTINUE TO DO IT. Time to leave this stupid state – MAYBE THIS COUNTRY.

Fred

November 2nd, 2010
9:37 pm

B- A vote for the Libertarians is a vote to tell the other parties they are not in touch with what the voters want. I had no fantasy that Monds could win, honestly he is not qualified, but the other two choices where unacceptable a well.

Gary

November 2nd, 2010
9:37 pm

Ethics?? Lets talk Ethics and Economics here……Clinton lied about a love affair OMG Like every other President hasn’t had one in office! Economics….the deficit was eliminated….GOVT Surplus of cash on hand, Welfare at an all time low, employment at an all time high, Hmmmmm now lets see who took office after that…..Oh wait I remember Dumb and Dumber! Lets see……..LIED About Weapons of Mass Destruction to facilitate a war against someone who had no connection to 9/11…..cost the tax payers TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to fund that war which in the end was all about controlling oil fields and helping make Haliburton rich!! as well as Civilian contractors; also no bid contracts; in Iraq Halliburton tainted food and water, overpriced gas; Blackwater use of private security contractors, what used to be called mercenaries, with little or no accountability. Gee I could go on about the Mortgage company crisis brought about by badly written loans as well the economy being devastated by that crisis and millions of people being unempkoyed. But gee there is nothing Impeachable about ANY Of those things huh??? But lying about a love affair HELL YES HANG EMHIGH!! Your morals and ideals are so screwed! Our forefathers would be so pissed at the way we’ve abused what they died for and sacrificed for….we take so much for granted the priveleges they gave us we have forgotten what this country was founded on. For those of you paying attention that also includes a SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE something Georgia needs to learn more about as well as letting racism fricking die already!! get over yourselves white people (I’m white) we have to share and live together! You obviously wanted another 4 year repeat of the Perdue administration well guess what you got it! The first republican I hear complain about Deal out in public I will slap in the face! This is a repeat of the second election for Bush….you wanted it and OH BOY You got it! ENJOY!! Look in the mirror when you want to make a complaint!

honest abe

November 2nd, 2010
9:38 pm

yeah, so what if we don’t like obama for anything that he does. we have a right to our views, bigoted or otherwise. it is all about jobs. if the unemp was 6%, then obama would not be in trouble. it is not all about race. sure some oppose him because he is black. but they will always hate him.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
9:40 pm

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Nancy.

Philly

November 2nd, 2010
9:40 pm

Fred, I’m not the one on here ranting about him being a socialist spending us into oblivion. When you make that accusation you sir are the one that are required to provide with specifcs on why you feel that way. I NEVER said he has saved us any money.

Analyze This

November 2nd, 2010
9:41 pm

Trey. I guess the aggressive, angry, hostile, take back our country attitude your party exhibits has nothing to do with race! Yeah right.
As for a qualified candidate, our last Republican president was a alcoholic, C-average student. I guess those are great qualifications to you. What were you saying when Bush was screwing up the economy and ruining diplomatic relations? Not a peep was heard from you or anyone in your pary.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
9:42 pm

Philly, well we are almost 14 trillion in debt.