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

J. Amis

November 2nd, 2010
9:42 pm

Come on up to Canada, Nancy — you’re welcome here!

eLVIS

November 2nd, 2010
9:42 pm

praise the lord,
You have a problem extending unemployed benefits but no problem spending billions on a senseless war and taken care of the people of Iraq all day long ? Or how about tax cuts for the rich, and shipping jobs over seas. And i hope you know that it is WHITE people on unemployment also.They are sitting on their A$% because there are NO JOBS..oh yeah and the god you worship really never exsisted…read a damn book.. They really need to start educating you people!!

Philly

November 2nd, 2010
9:43 pm

What is the progressive agenda? What is the conservative agenda? I here these terms thrown out there a lot without substance to back them up.

William

November 2nd, 2010
9:43 pm

I could really care less that Georgia just voted in a complete criminal. The State is quickly on it’s way down. Anyone with any common sense and the means to do so should leave. Don’t stick around and get stuck, like people who waited too late to leave Detroit and now have houses worth $5,000. That’s Georgia’s future, a statewide Detroit.

Philly

November 2nd, 2010
9:45 pm

praise the lord,
You have a problem extending unemployed benefits but no problem spending billions on a senseless war and taken care of the people of Iraq all day long ? Or how about tax cuts for the rich, and shipping jobs over seas. And i hope you know that it is WHITE people on unemployment also.They are sitting on their A$% because there are NO JOBS..oh yeah and the god you worship really never exsisted…read a damn book.. They really need to start educating you people!!

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Thank you! Couldn’t agree more.

Fred

November 2nd, 2010
9:47 pm

Philly – There is not enough room here to say where we can save money in The federal Government, but you certainly do not do it creating plans like Obama care. Yes we need to do something to control health care, but this welfare plan we are all going to pay out the nose for is not it. The Federal Government wastes millions with education dollars telling the states how to do it, when the states now more of what they need, let them have the money to do what they need. The IRS needs to go away and the Fair Tax be put in place.

But I give you credit, you like to stir the pot, my kind of person!!

roy

November 2nd, 2010
9:48 pm

vote roy barnes for owner of georgia, inc

Jim Chapman

November 2nd, 2010
9:49 pm

Of course Tea Baggers have never definitely proven the Obama is a socialist. What Obama has done in his two years in office has fallen very short of anything that could be remotely called socialism.

Fred

November 2nd, 2010
9:49 pm

OMG!!! I actually partly agree with Elvis!!!

nancy

November 2nd, 2010
9:51 pm

Trey, I won’t leave just so I can see you penniless paying for major healthcare bills and applying for medicaid and food stamps because your mental illness costs were denied by your health insurance company – you know, the one that basically owns this country and the pharmaceutical companies that charge 4x what folks in other countries have to pay. Good luck, Bubba.

B. Thenet

November 2nd, 2010
9:51 pm

Fred: The Fed pays for 33% of our states budget. If you want to cut the Fed budget, you better get ready to raise our state taxes to pay for it.(and not that funny Fair Tax that is basically a huge tax cut for millionaires)

filbert

November 2nd, 2010
9:53 pm

Reginald – whatever it is you’re smoking or snorting has got to be some primo stuff. Either that, our you’re Cynthia Tucker in reverse drag.
Face it dude, the old “it’s becuase I’m black” card has been played a few times too often, and especially after electing a black president, nowadays, contrary to your beliefs, it ’s not that he’s half black, or half white for that matter, it’s because Osamabama is 100% socialist.

Fred

November 2nd, 2010
9:53 pm

B, if you think that, you don’t have a clue.

nancy

November 2nd, 2010
9:54 pm

Enter your comments here

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
9:57 pm

Analize this, tell me what is my party? Come on, you can do better than that. There are more than two parties.

B. Thenet

November 2nd, 2010
9:58 pm

Fred: It is interesting that the states in which the “Fair Tax” is most popular are mostly the Southern debtor states who take more for the Fed in taxes than they put in. Kind of like being on welfare.

You don’t see it being popular in liberal states like MA and NJ, where they actually give more in Fed taxes than they would ever see return back into their states.

The fact is, if you truly want to cut the Fed budget in a serious manner…you better be prepared to cut our severely slashed state budget by around 33% more unless you plan on finding other methods of raising state revenue.

nancy

November 2nd, 2010
9:58 pm

YOU IDIOTS. Obama is NOT a socialist. The right wing media just wants you to think that. The guy wants to SAVE the middle class and elevate those in poverty. Unless you are rich, you should be thanking him and respecting him for trying to help you. Is it because he is black – I have never seen a president so disrespected in my life. I HATED IDIOT BUSH BUT I NEVER DISRESPECTED HIM.

Sayter

November 2nd, 2010
9:59 pm

You can tell who is in the unions, getting handouts (parasite recipient class)..hopefully the handouts are gone now.If we could only get rid of welfare now.

Philly

November 2nd, 2010
9:59 pm

Fred

Not trying to stir the pot. I just like healthy debate. That’s what this country needs more of instead of juvenile liberal this and conservative that. I believe most americans fall in the middle. I personally wouldn’t mind an increase in taxes if it means investing in the U.S.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
9:59 pm

Nancy, pulling the “mental illness” card just because someone does not agree with your opinion? Trust me, I am not penniless. Besides, the military already pays for my health care, so nice try Nancy.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
10:00 pm

Analize this, John Monds is black and guess what, I wanted him to win. Throwing the race card is pathetic, especially since the president is not black, but biracial.

Vitaliy

November 2nd, 2010
10:01 pm

Way to go Deal!!!

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
10:02 pm

Nancy, to name call is very childish and immature. Grow up. “Idoits”? Really? Can you debate better than this? By the way, if you are going to call Obama black, you are really in no place to name call.

J. Amis

November 2nd, 2010
10:03 pm

Hmmm… the military (read: US government) pays for your health care? Sounds like socialism to me… Why don’t you pay your own way? Parasite veterans living off my tax dollars! (I hope you recognize the irony — I don’t really feel that way — I’m just trying to illustrate how absurd your anti-socialist point of view is!)

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
10:03 pm

J. Amis, trust me I don’t like the health care.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
10:05 pm

J. Amis, actually the health care that the military receives is worked for by those in the military. You pay them to do their job and it is just another military advantage, not socialism.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
10:06 pm

J. Amis once you are out of the military you don’t have that “socialist” health care anymore.

J. Amis

November 2nd, 2010
10:10 pm

Excuse me, Trey, but who pays for the military?! Last time I checked, it is not a private corporation. The military is paid for through taxation (i.e. the military is a socialist institution) — my tax dollars fund the military whether I approve of it’s particular objectives or not. I never chose to pay for military spending — yet I accept it. I just happen to believe that my tax dollars should go to funding things that are more tangible in my life and in the lives of my family and neighbors (such as universal health care) as opposed to wars in the middle east that have no impact on my life, and the utility of which are highly questionable.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
10:11 pm

Philly, most people don’t know how to debate like that. You and I differ on certain things, but you seem like a reasonable person and I’d have no qualms debating with you. It’s always nice to hear others’ opinions, now people like Nancy have to race bait and name call.

J. Amis

November 2nd, 2010
10:11 pm

Veterans receive health care through VA for their entire lives.

nancy

November 2nd, 2010
10:12 pm

Trey, let me get this straight … you are a retired member of the armed services and you are disrespecting everything the president represents???????? And DO NOT play the race card with me – I am just wondering why all the idiot rednecks in this state – and around this country – feel free to decimate our president. I am very proud of him – with the exception that he is not aggressive enough. I recall when an anti bush person appeared at a rally, speech, or whatever, they were forecefully removed from the event. Obama lets them come and speak their mind. Far more class in my mind.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
10:15 pm

J. Amis, no stuff that it is not a private corporation. However, you are paying those to do a service that you would not do, yourself. However, I rather pay taxes for the military to keep the nation secured than for health care of those who don’t get off their lazy asses.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
10:19 pm

Nancy, did I say I was retired? I haven’t disrespected everything the president represents, however I do not like the majority of the stuff he represents. In fact, I am a third party supporter. You think I am “disrespecting” the president, you should hear the stuff an ex-Marine I know from Vietnam says about him, or many people I have met when in the service. To call anyone ignorant or redneck for not supporting Obama is classless in my mind. You say people who questioned Bush got kicked out of his speeches, what about the man who was tasered when questioning John Kerry or the guy thrown out for questioning Clinton about the Bohemian Group?

Philly

November 2nd, 2010
10:19 pm

Trey,

We probably agree on more than you think. I think if more people informed themselves on issues instead of listening to pundits (e.g. Limbaugh, Hannity, Olberman) we would find that we share more in common than we think. Most of us want our children to suceed, a job with fair wages, decent healthcare, good schools, affordable higher education, affordable housing, and a peaceful world to name a few. We just disagree on how we get there.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
10:22 pm

Phil, exactly. I, for one, am one of the people that supports the Libertarian party, but I am also a conservative Libertarian. I support more things privatized than public funding, but I also realize some things have to be funded by the public.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
10:22 pm

Philly, sorry.

J. Amis

November 2nd, 2010
10:23 pm

How is invading other countries keeping us secure? Keeping the country secure is defending the homeland — nothing more. Not invading Iraq, Afganistan, etc.

Frankly, I’m not content paying my taxes for others to do a job I never asked them to do (kind of like those homeless window-washers who come and wash your windshield and then expect payment). I never asked anyone to invade Iraq and run up billions of dollars in debt. I’d much rather see that money go to fund public universal health care, rather than wasting money on wars and simultaneously seeing my hard earned money (in addition to taxes) go to make health insurance companies rich (in the form of health insurance premiums).

And talk about people who can’t get a job — most of our military is made up of poor high school dropouts who can’t get a job anywhere else…

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
10:27 pm

J. Amis, I am not talking about invading other countries. We have to have a military to protect OUR country. J. Amis, if that’s what you believe that’s fine, but if we didn’t have a military we wouldn’t last a second in this world. If you don’t want to see your “hard earned money” going into insurance compaines, then don’t have health insurance. Your problem is not that you don’t want health care, your problem is that you want others to foot your health care bill. Why don’t you complain about welfare.

Also, no our military is not mostly made up of poor, high school drop outs who can not get a job anywhere else. In fact, the military pretty much takes nothing less than a high school diploma anymore, in some cases G.E.D. Get some knowledge on the subject before making asinine comments.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
10:28 pm

Damn, I ended a question with a period and did not notice.

nancy

November 2nd, 2010
10:29 pm

Trey, unbelievable – you are active military. Trillions spent to line bush and cheney and haliburton pockets while you put your life on the line. TOO AMAZING for words. Thanks for what you do but it is clear any further comments would be a waste of time. I bet you love Palin too. Suits you.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
10:31 pm

Nancy, to assume I am a Republican is sheer ignorance, as I said that I am a third party supporter.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
10:32 pm

Actually, it has passed ignorance into stupidity.

Philly

November 2nd, 2010
10:32 pm

And talk about people who can’t get a job — most of our military is made up of poor high school dropouts who can’t get a job anywhere else…

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Even if that’s true, I still respect the fact that are willing to be away from their families and put themselves in harms way to protect the country. They could have chosen to stay right here in the U.S. and rob and steal from people. Just sayin….

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
10:33 pm

Philly, it actually is not true. I have met people who are enlisted that obtained associates, bachelor and even master degrees.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
10:34 pm

Philly, you and I do differ on some things, but you are more reasonable than others on this blog.

J. Amis

November 2nd, 2010
10:34 pm

I don’t want others to ‘foot the bill’ for my health care. I just want the tax dollars I already pay to pay for health care for me and other US citizens — rather than funding unnecessary, expensive wars! I’m not opposed to having a military to DEFEND the country — but don’t try to convince me that the whole Iraq invasion had anything to do with defending the country!

OK, I was out of line in saying ‘high school dropouts’ — but it is a fact that most enlisted recruits are from poor or disadvantaged backgrounds. It’s not rich kids dieing for the interests of the rich corporations, it’s poor kids…

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
10:36 pm

J. Amis, I wasn’t poor and I enlisted because I just wanted to serve, also because my grandfather served and ended up becoming a successful medical doctor for West Paces before it closed.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
10:37 pm

Yes, you were way out of line for saying that, J.Amis. I don’t want to pay taxes for health care because I don’t want to pay for those sitting on their asses just taking advantage of the system.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
10:38 pm

That’s just me and my “greedy and selfish” thinking as some would say.

J. Amis

November 2nd, 2010
10:41 pm

If you applied the same logic to national defense, Trey, then everyone who does not serve in the military would be ’sitting on their asses taking advantage of the system’. If you feel that way, then fine. But to be consistent with your views, military service should be REQUIRED of EVERY citizen — women included!