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

Philly

November 2nd, 2010
10:44 pm

I don’t think there are as many people just sitting around abusing the system as you think. People want to work there are just no jobs to be had. We need to make something again in this country and put people back to work. No offense, but it’s very frustrating calling a help desk and not understand the person on the other line. Why can’t the people right here in our country do these jobs.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
10:44 pm

J. Amis, I am consistant with my views. You missed the point, as I am not talking about those who do not serve in the military are sitting on their ass. I am talking about those who collect a welfare check, have kids they can not support and don’t even attempt to find any kind of job.

I don’t completely agree that people should be required to serve in the military, because we are a Democratic/Republic and it should be an all volunteer force. However, if we were to bring a draft back, I do believe that women should be required to sign up for the Selective service program.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
10:46 pm

Philly, no you are right, not everyone milks the system, but there are many that do and I don’t want to support them. I think supporting others should be left for volunteer work. I also hate jobs getting shipped over seas, but it’s obvious neither the Republicans nor Democrats will change that, because it is cheaper for corporations.

J. Amis

November 2nd, 2010
10:51 pm

I wish to distinguish, Trey, between welfare and publicly funded public goods. Welfare is another debate that I’ll leave aside for the moment. I’m talking about publicly funded goods that benefit all citizens — such as social security, medicare and, yes, national defense. Universal health care is not ‘welfare’ — it’s a public good just like medicare and social security. If you’re against medicare and social security, then fine — I respect that opinion (even if I don’t share it). But to illustrate how illogical many people are, I’ll quote a sign I saw at an anti-Obamacare rally: ‘keep you dirty government hands out of my medicare!’ — in seeing that I really didn’t know whether to laugh or cry!

nancy

November 2nd, 2010
10:53 pm

I support liberitarians (prefix, liberal) but I also know the military is supposed to support the COMMANDER IN CHIEF. Part of the job description. By the way – when folks were drafted during the vietnam war, all the rich kids got out – and I know this first hand. Again, Trey, thanks for your service, but your anti democratic rhetoric says you support the very people that hold their own bank accounts in higher regard than the poor and middle class in this country. They could not care less about us. And that includes CROOK DEAL. Democratic means democracy. You sound intelligent so I guess you know what it means.

Yankee

November 2nd, 2010
10:54 pm

If America wants to see where Republican leadership is going to take this nation, please take a very hard look at Georgia–lousy schools, high unemployment, foreclosures galore, zero job growth, run away property taxes, and a decaying infrastructure. You asked for it so now you have it.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
10:55 pm

J. Amis, I don’t see it as the federal government’s place to create health care laws, plain and simple, but as you said, we all have different opinions.

Philly

November 2nd, 2010
10:57 pm

Problem is you support them if you want to or not. If one of the folks you talk about goes to the emrgency room they will not be turned away. When they don’t pay the bill we all suffer because rates go up to cover for them. We need to manufacture something again instead of importing this cheap Chinese (no offense) crap. I wan’t to know specifically what the incoming Republican congress has planned on creating jobs in this country.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
10:59 pm

nancy, there are more than just Republicans that do not support the Democrats. Yes, we have to follow his orders, but we don’t have to agree him. I respect the title, but not his beliefs or his stances which are complete facade. What the Dems and Republicans tell you that they support is just a facade for votes. Neither one of them care about you.

red foreman

November 2nd, 2010
11:00 pm

Looks like king roy and his demographics are LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
11:02 pm

Philly, yes, but it also has an impact on them and their credit. Like I said, I don’t think the government should have any say on forcing me to buy health care, even for myself. Now, if I want it I should be able to purchase my own.

Stating The Obvious

November 2nd, 2010
11:05 pm

No matter how bad either of these guys could make it, it still won’t be as bad as what’s about to happen to South Carolina..

J. Amis

November 2nd, 2010
11:06 pm

I actually agree with you there, Trey. I don’t think the government should make anyone purchase health care (which is why I’m not enthusiastic about the Obama plan as passed — I would support a true public system that took private insurance companies out of the picture entirely) — it should be funded through taxation, just like medicare and national defense.

d

November 2nd, 2010
11:07 pm

Let’s see, Furlough our educators in violation of the Georgia Constitution’s statement that education is the priority of this state, cut taxes to draconian levels to draw business, but they won’t come because we won’t educate their future work force…. Yep, we’re off to a good 4 years here. I’m sorry, this wasn’t a smart move Georgia – we need someone in the middle and one of the fifteen most corrupt members of Congress just wasn’t it. Remember our state motto – Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation. Looks like we’ve forgotten that.

roybama barnes

November 2nd, 2010
11:10 pm

Can we say SORE LOSERS! Nathan Deal is an honorable person. Roy Barnes is a gutter rat that all I can say is good riddance. Barnes promised tax increases on business and individuals, but all of that got lost in his smear. He had bad ideas which would have sunk Georgia like the Titantic.

Trey

November 2nd, 2010
11:10 pm

J. Amis, I don’t mind private insurance companies, but I do believe they should change.

HallCoResident

November 2nd, 2010
11:12 pm

Deal, Cagle and Mills are from Hall County. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, welcome to good ole boy politics Hall County style! Way to FAIL Georgia!!

Wikkedscorpion

November 2nd, 2010
11:13 pm

6 in one hand, half a dozen in the other. Barnes ruined education & this other man is a crook. Everybody is so busy being anti-Obama, i wonder if that’s going to get their jobs back, any insurance or an education in their childrens heads?

bend over...

November 2nd, 2010
11:14 pm

So now Nathan can steal enough to get out of debt…

Amanda

November 2nd, 2010
11:15 pm

I’m not surprised that the people of Georgia elected a crook as a businessman…

The country of England sent their criminals to Georgia in the 1770’s…

So, it no surprise that Nathan Deal would become the Governor of Georgia!

This is truly the Night that the Devil went down to Georgia!

MightyWhitey

November 2nd, 2010
11:16 pm

Loving life and watching blacks, illegals and bleeding heart liberals squirm while being shown the door. Dont let it hit you where the sun dont shine. No more of my hard earned money being handed over to those that are unproductive, uneducated and undeserving . I love the smell of fresh napalm in the morning, dont you?

Philly

November 2nd, 2010
11:17 pm

Can we say SORE LOSERS! Nathan Deal is an honorable person. Roy Barnes is a gutter rat that all I can say is good riddance. Barnes promised tax increases on business and individuals, but all of that got lost in his smear. He had bad ideas which would have sunk Georgia like the Titantic

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And what “ideas” does Mr. Deal have that are going to help the state.

Glen

November 2nd, 2010
11:19 pm

As proud a democrat as I am, I couldn’t bring myself to punch the ballot for Barnes today. I wanted a Governor who was going to fight with the President for the things I believe in. I know I wasn’t getting that in Deal, but I’ll be damned if I am going to be hoodwinked into giving my vote to someone who said he will, but in the end I am confident is going to do nothing but serve his own personal agenda. I trusted neither of these candidates, so I did something I have never done before, voted on some races, but abstained from voting for the Governor of my state. Roy Barnes, I didn’t buy your last minute pandering to the African American voters…it would have come across a little more genuine if you hadn’t showed how spineless you are when the leader of our party visited the state!

Brandon

November 2nd, 2010
11:19 pm

Great! A racists, insolvent, double dealing loser will be our next Governor? Come on Georgia, we can do better!

Philly

November 2nd, 2010
11:21 pm

MightyWhitey

November 2nd, 2010
11:16 pm
Loving life and watching blacks, illegals and bleeding heart liberals squirm while being shown the door. Dont let it hit you where the sun dont shine. No more of my hard earned money being handed over to those that are unproductive, uneducated and undeserving . I love the smell of fresh napalm in the morning, dont you?

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Easily one of the worst post of the evening! New Geico slogan…the internet, so easy even a caveman can use it.

uno_dos_tres

November 2nd, 2010
11:21 pm

This comments section is a cesspool. A bunch of people arguing about things they know nothing about and griping about whichever idiot they don’t want in the governor’s office. No matter which candidate wins, Georgians will lose in some area.

LorDemi

November 2nd, 2010
11:22 pm

Let’s see, Furlough our educators in violation of the Georgia Constitution’s statement that education is the priority of this state, cut taxes to draconian levels to draw business, but they won’t come because we won’t educate their future work force…

Oddly, southern states seem to pride gun ownership and hunting skills above education for some reason…

michelle

November 2nd, 2010
11:24 pm

I fully expect EVERYTHING to be fixed tomorrow Republicans!! Not in the next 2 weeks, not in the next 6 months, not in the next 2 years, and don’t even think about rationalizing your decisions! TOMORROW OR NOTHING!! CHANGE I CAN BELIEVE IN!! bunchapunks.

MightyWhitey

November 2nd, 2010
11:25 pm

And now for the latest scores…….. Whites 1 and Losers 0…… Put that in your pipe and smoke it…ROFLMAO…… . I love the smell of fresh napalm in the morning, dont you?

Flatulence

November 2nd, 2010
11:27 pm

Really? Both these guys suck in a big way. To think otherwise show blindness because of your party affiliation.

Flatulence

November 2nd, 2010
11:28 pm

MightyWhitey- Written by a liberal trying to make people with common sense look racist. Loser.

iDeal Independent

November 2nd, 2010
11:29 pm

Clinton’s ethical problems were not due to obvious criminal activity. If you ask me, Georgia will not see any progress for the next few years. GA will have a 2.5% increase in unemployment, compared to the 1% increase nationwide. The GA business will encourage a number of policies that will cut the income of Georgians. After that, you will see the hill billies rise.

Ren

November 2nd, 2010
11:29 pm

Some way or another, we need to get this country straightened out. Maybe we should start on the bottom and work up…start at the roots – the state governments. I do believe there are more votes for the opposite party when people are not happy with the party leading the country. This was our chance to speak up – let our voices be heard. That is our right as Americans. We do still have that right. Thank God. If everyone would just work together for a common goal. Caucasian, Native American, African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, or whatever…I hope you all exercised your right as an American and voted. The voices are being heard. There is no other choice than to support and encourage those who will take office. All Americans should take an active role in our state and federal government. Start now… Send voice messages, letters, emails, etc on your views and wishes. Those elected are here to represent you. Don’t just complain…get involved and do something about our country. Get it back to the founding roots establish by our forefathers. Do something about it!!

HallCoResident

November 2nd, 2010
11:29 pm

Nathan Deal is having to sell his home here in Gainesville because of his debts, but no worries,,,,,at least he may have the Governor’s mansion to move into.

Nathan Deal is definitely not an honorable person.

Real American

November 2nd, 2010
11:30 pm

Liberal Democrats = Fail

Sorry libs – you had your chance. You screwed it up. Now step aside and let us put America back on the right track!

Hmmm

November 2nd, 2010
11:30 pm

Why would you vote for a has been like Barnes?
As far as the president goes, put that tired old “you hate him ’cause he’s black” stuff in the closet! Hello! It has nothing to do with the fact that he’s (half) black! It has EVERYTHING to do with his politics! He and the Congress have ignored the will of the people and the results of the election are the people raising up!
BTW, it’s Tea Party Patriots…..not the vile Teabagger tag you wish to use. But, then, what do you expect from a Liberal?

NW

November 2nd, 2010
11:30 pm

Unbelievable. Don’t ask for things to get better when you vote for Nathan Deal. What is really going on in this state? I was born and raised in GA and this time I can truly same GA is in a world of mess. This state refuses to change. Things like this is the very reason why we can’t get draw revenue in state. Same old mess. This is a sad day for the residents in this state. The whole just got deeper. Sorry GA employees. Expect more lays and furlough days.

LorDemi

November 2nd, 2010
11:30 pm

On Bush tax cuts…it was a great idea!!

But Dayum, how do you cut taxes when you are about to go to war????

And why don’t the American people have a problem with borrowing money from china, to fund our war?

Philly

November 2nd, 2010
11:36 pm

As far as the president goes, put that tired old “you hate him ’cause he’s black” stuff in the closet! Hello! It has nothing to do with the fact that he’s (half) black! It has EVERYTHING to do with his politics! He and the Congress have ignored the will of the people and the results of the election are the people raising up!
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What will of the people has been ignored? Like a previous poster stated, when things are bad the party in power is usually blamed.

LB

November 2nd, 2010
11:39 pm

Hey Frustrated,

We were voting for GOVERNOR of Georgia, not the President of the USA! Last I checked there was no liberal Democratic Party governing Georgia, so if you’re voting to spite Obama, that makes no sense – hope you like all those rate hikes for GA Power and AGL, because Republicans (like the Republican Public Service Commissioner) LOVE to hand out giant freebies to their corporate friends at the cost of regular people. And hope you like rich greedy banks that can get away with murder, because now that we have a bankrupt governor who’s desperate to cut a deal with them and get out debt, they’ll get whatever they want.

(I’m so confused – during 2008 Repubs kept saying Obama had no experience, but then Deal comes in with the experience GOING PERSONALLY BANKRUPT, and with an obviously bad business sense, and that’s ok to run an entire state?)

To Frank @ 8:40: What the heck kind of argument is that? How does comparing Bill Clinton’s or Barney Franks’s supposed “ethics” violations (actually, Clinton’s was just a personal moral failing – ask Larry Craig, he’ll tell you what that is) to the ACTUAL ethics violations of Deal himself reflect poorly on Barnes?? What kind of twisted Orwellian logic is that? Oh, right, the same third-grade logic that mocked John Kerry for his ACTUAL service in Vietnam while W went AWOL!!

Yep, congratulations, GA. This ‘elite’ is heading back to New England, where MA has 8% unemployment (unlike 10+% in GA), better schools, and higher paying employment. Enjoy all those low-paying service jobs, y’all! I guess you can continue to reward people who only aim to take advantage of you without the help of people who can actually form a coherent argument.

Ignorant speaks

November 2nd, 2010
11:39 pm

Bush tax cuts was a great idea

But how do you cut taxes, while gearing up for war?

I am still trying to figure that one out…

MightyWhitey

November 2nd, 2010
11:40 pm

I get to drive by Roy’s million dollar mansion on Whitlock Avenue twice everyday, 5 days a week. Tomorrow I will have a much better drive knowing he was not elected….”We need to take care of our own” What a joke of a man, that overwight bleeding heart liberal courting the the black and illegal hispanic vote at the expense of those who built this country……. I love the smell of fresh NAPALM in the morning, don’t you?

Philly

November 2nd, 2010
11:41 pm

Bush tax cuts was a great idea

But how do you cut taxes, while gearing up for war?

I am still trying to figure that one out…

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Voodoo Economics.

whocares

November 2nd, 2010
11:42 pm

From now on I shall cheat, steal, deceive, lie because these are the values that we admire! I knew I was doing something wrong all these years! Honesty does NOT pay! prime example. Dear Georgia I hope you have enough vaseline!

Brandon

November 2nd, 2010
11:42 pm

LoriDemi – Ahmen!
Ren. The real problem is nobody actively engages in a conversation about politics because it is taboo. Instead we vent our frustrations by hiding behind online message boards. I spoke with a very smart, educated conservative at my job. Suprisingly I did not disagree with much of what he said, except when he said he thought Obama was stupid. When I challenged him on that I found out he thought all of our Presidents have been stupid, with the exception of Bill Clinton! But one point which was interesting is when I asked him about graduation rates in GA. He said its a cultural thing, most southernors do not value education as much as other parts of the US. I think he has a point. We have a serious Cultural Divide here in Georgia. Ren you are right we must open up dialogue I think it will lead to a better understanding of one another.

A prediction...

November 2nd, 2010
11:44 pm

The people of Georgia will grow to regret this night…

ceecee

November 2nd, 2010
11:44 pm

Nathan Deal is a RACIST!!

Ignorant speaks

November 2nd, 2010
11:45 pm

I guess you can continue to reward people who only aim to take advantage of you without the help of people who can actually form a coherent argument.

Ha Ha Ha…

Nam vet.

November 2nd, 2010
11:45 pm

Thank God we didn’t put Barnes back in office. The Democrats got what the deserved with Obama and his Stupid Demo’s in Congress trying to take away our 1st, 2nd amendment rights and Heathcare, taxes etc. Bitch bitch bitch you got what you deserve.

Nam vet.

November 2nd, 2010
11:48 pm

cee cee, u the racist, if u even know what that is.
Deal is not Racist..get alife.