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

Ignorant speaks

November 2nd, 2010
11:49 pm

Nathan Deal is a RACIST!!

And your point is?

Believe it or not, that’s the least of our problems…upper middle class and below, shall feel his sting.

Philly

November 2nd, 2010
11:51 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.

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Shaddup, nobody was trying to take away your first or second amendments. Stop watching Faux news! Let’s see what you’re saying two years from now. Politicians are like baby diapers….they need to be changed because they’re all full of s***

Marilyn

November 2nd, 2010
11:53 pm

UUUUGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can’t believe I’m surrounded by Republicans. AND I thought even they would be smarter than to vote for a crook like DEAL. SERIOUSLY!!!!!

Ignorant speaks

November 2nd, 2010
11:55 pm

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.

Nam vet., no y’all repub got those dems beat in that area…below millionaires class repubs seems to for get that.

Georgia Is In Trouble

November 2nd, 2010
11:55 pm

Deal claims victory? Ugh, I just threw up in my mouth.

LorDemi

November 2nd, 2010
11:59 pm

Politicians are like baby diapers….they need to be changed because they’re all full of s***

Philly, I agree, LOL

Y’all have a good one and play nice, HA HA HA

B. Thenet

November 3rd, 2010
12:00 am

I hear Nathan Deal just put the the roof of the Governors Mansion for sale up on Ebay, gotta get those bills paid.

Nick

November 3rd, 2010
12:01 am

Nathan Deal??? Johnny Isakson??? And I won’t any discuss the the other Corporatists. Georgians have really outdone themselves. Way to go winning voters for making this state a complete laughing stock.

GTPhenom

November 3rd, 2010
12:03 am

Thank God. A conservative movement is sweeping across the nation, and the first thing we do is to bind that idiot we have stuck in the White House with no way to succeed. Great job Deal. Glad to have you as our great state’s 82nd Governor. You and all of the other newly elected Republlcans can now go and take down this liberal idiocy we have going on in Washington. Time for an end to liberalism

GTPhenom

November 3rd, 2010
12:03 am

Oh, and I love seeing all the liberal idiots on here complaining as well. All the more music to my ears :)

Chris

November 3rd, 2010
12:06 am

The Democrats made their bed when they nominated Barnes…don’t act surprised that he was soundly rejected by Georgians. His pompous, arrogant single term was enough. I only hope this attempt to win statewide office is the last we will be forced to endure. A little Roy Barnes goes a long way and we had enough eight years ago!

Realitychek

November 3rd, 2010
12:09 am

OK Deal ,you won, the Georgia voters ,have proven, you REALLY can’t fix stupid ! NOW we expect hundreds of new jobs, SAT scores, above 2000; and no crime, we expect this within your first 90 days in office, the SAME standard you TEAPUBLICANS held the President to ! Hit the ground running ..Georgia you have chosen your own poison, NO WHINING for the next FOUR YEARS will be allowed !

Some people scare me

November 3rd, 2010
12:09 am

GTPhenom, you all love to label liberals as “socialists” or “communists” (or whatever other big words you all love to use that you don’t really understand the definition of) yet you call for an “end to liberalism”? So everyone must agree with you and all the other conservatives? Isn’t that “communist”? You all only want big government when it suits you and your beliefs.

Theron Wasson

November 3rd, 2010
12:09 am

I voted for Deal because he was the lesser of two evils.How could anyone vote for the biggest crook in politics, Roy Barnes.?

Philly

November 3rd, 2010
12:10 am

Thank God. A conservative movement is sweeping across the nation, and the first thing we do is to bind that idiot we have stuck in the White House with no way to succeed

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I had a conservative movement this afternoon. I need more fiber! Anyway if you think they’re gonna get anything done now that they are in office then you are mistaken.

B. Thenet

November 3rd, 2010
12:11 am

If you were impressed with how much graft Nathan Deal got away with because of his Congressional influence, just wait until you see what this crook does with the Governors office.

Barnes was a successful Governor, especially when you look at the mess this state is in after 8 years of Purdue.

Remember when people in other states actually wanted to move here? Remember when this was a state that was growing economically? Eight years was a long time ago indeed….I guess you forgot what it was like when this state was on the upswing.

GREEEAT

November 3rd, 2010
12:13 am

So what? We will have low taxes for businesses but when we don’t have any water and our infrastructure is crumbling, traffic doesn’t get any better and there are no alternatives to sitting in traffic will businesses bother relocating here? Will more jobs be created?

Let’s face it, we know all of you rural Georgians hate Atlanta, but the metro area carries this state. Most jobs and businesses are in the Atlanta area and so is the job growth. If Atlanta has no water, terrible traffic, and no upgrades to its infrastructure how the hell are we suppose to improve the states economy? Because businesses and high paying jobs aren’t coming to rural Georgia.

King of Stone Mountain

November 3rd, 2010
12:13 am

This state has bled red, with Purdue, Isakson, & Chambliss for quite some time now. Yet, it’s “Obama’s fault” our unemployment % skyrockets above the national average? I don’t think so. If all of these great ideas for job creation hasn’t happened in the previous 4yrs, why should we have any hope now??? Conservatism=More of the Same, quite frankly.

Dr. EB

November 3rd, 2010
12:14 am

Did Deal have a problem with the extension of the Voting Rights Act? With Paul getting elected in Kentucky and Deal in Georgia, I wonder if this is a new generation of southern segregationists. I guess the klan is happy tonight. It is no wonder some of our states are laughing stocks.

Dr. EB

November 3rd, 2010
12:16 am

BTW I am a deeply rooted Georgian who is embarrassed for my state.

WTF

November 3rd, 2010
12:17 am

It’s amazing how the republicans have been running Georgia into the ground for the past 8 and still somehow the Democrats are blamed for the condition of the state while the Republicans get a free pass. Unbelievable.

Liberals Are Losers

November 3rd, 2010
12:19 am

FYI, if you’re a liberal SOCIALIST, then get the hell out of our state! Honestly, you shouldn’t even be allowed to vote, because you psychopaths have never done ANYTHING but tear our country and values apart. On top of that, your vote is completely useless in Georgia. Go do our state a favor and crawl into your little commune basements, where you can sit around and whine about how you weren’t able to destroy our values and raise taxes to insane heights. Idiots.

Wes

November 3rd, 2010
12:19 am

I’m Ashamed to say I live in Georgia! A Bunch of Bubbas!!

John

November 3rd, 2010
12:20 am

Casey will be our next governor after Deal gets bankrupt, and then indicted. And then Casey will get sick.

Liberals Are Losers

November 3rd, 2010
12:21 am

I love new taxes and new fish ponds!

MENSAmbr180

November 3rd, 2010
12:21 am

“Thank God. A conservative movement is sweeping across the nation”, STOP blaming GOD for your myopic ,racist, biased views! I am so glad I am leaving this REDneck State! GTPhenom, I seriously doubt YOU went to Ga. Tech ! , THAT would require a 3 digit IQ, calling the President an idiot shows how IGNORANT you are, the REAL IDIOT preceded this President, but never fear you sheeple have an Idiot-in waiting , named Sarah..May God have mercy on all of you!! ….I KNOW I will be attacked , but I STAND BY EVERYTHING I said, and would say it TO ALL of your faces, with NO FEAR OR HESITATION..we normal unbiased citizens with higher IQs are like that.. GBAGR!!

Mike10

November 3rd, 2010
12:24 am

You think Georgia in trouble now wait in four years its going to get worse by putting these idiots in office.I expect no change from Sonny to Nathan same ole same ole.

chrysanthevonne glenn

November 3rd, 2010
12:25 am

well Deal is in and now Georgia is out of touch with reality. I f you voted for Deal then you get what you deserve. Nathan Deal is going to be a bad Deal for Georgia!!!

michelle

November 3rd, 2010
12:25 am

Liberals Are Losers…

Would it make any difference if I was a CONSERVATIVE socialist? Because believe it or not, the 2 words can coexist. You are a really really stupid person…what values are getting destroyed by liberals? You are a pompous arrogant ass and I hope you don’t get cold up there on your teetering pedestal.

What a loser

November 3rd, 2010
12:27 am

I feel sorry for lame, mis-informed, blinded fools like “liberals are losers”. People like you are to blame for why this country and our state can’t SOLVE any of its problems. I don’t even know you, but after reading your comment I can comfortably say you are a completely useless individual.

Oh, and this is a FREE country – isn’t that an American value you cherish so much? If so, then liberals can live wherever they want and are entitled to their voting rights and opinions/freedom of speech just as much as you are (even if you sound like a blabbering idiot, which you do).

Realitychek

November 3rd, 2010
12:29 am

King of Stone Mountain ; Dr Eb and WTF do NOT waste your energy on REPROBATE NEANDERTHALS who hide their RACISM behind the anonymity of the keyboard..they may as well all be in Egypt THEY LIVE ON DENIAL( DENIAL) that is called wordplay, BUBBAS!..oh by the way Liberals are Losers..the TRAILER PARK MANAGER is looking for you, time for a beer run, so the celebration can continue..

MG

November 3rd, 2010
12:31 am

I am really disgusted that Deal won, but I am going to try to think on the positive side and hope he turns this state in the right direction. I’m not holding my breath though… but maybe I will be pleasantly surprised.

King of Stone Mountain

November 3rd, 2010
12:31 am

Wes…My thoughts, exactly. Can’t tell if GA is any different from SC, AL, MS, &/or “Florida.” We’re the “Empire State” of Bubbas.

Sux2liveinGA

November 3rd, 2010
12:31 am

OMG! This is the beginning of the return Jim Crow! The south is the laughing stock of the US and the US is the laughing stock of the world!

MENSAmbr180

November 3rd, 2010
12:32 am

Ignorant speaks YOUR NAME (which you chose) says it ALL!!

Ren

November 3rd, 2010
12:32 am

I had candidates that I voted for that were not the victor today, too. Do you all not realize that we are one of the few countries that still holds elections where the candidate who win the popular vote gets elected. I’m not thrilled with the whole outcome, but I know I did my part and voted. And I will continue to do my part by communicating my thoughts and beliefs to my elected officials. I think some of you should start campaigning now and run for an office…any office. Just get your feet wet, and if you want…dive on in.

Philly

November 3rd, 2010
12:34 am

It’s going to be interesting to see what happens to our state. Time for Mr. Deal to put up or shut up!

Liberals are Losers

November 3rd, 2010
12:34 am

If the liberals continue with their completely psychotic antics, this will no longer be a “FREE country”. You and all of your little socialist scumbag friends have don’t give a damn about what freedom or values. I do NOT want to waste my tax dollars on useless things. God GAVE me that money, and I’m going to spend it as I please. I have never, EVER met a liberal in my life that has not been a stuck-up bag of garbage, and frankly, I never will because they don’t exist. I almost feel sorry for you losers, but then I remember that you and your sick little Obama are trying to tear this country apart because you’re either

A) Too idiotic to realize what disgusting things you’re doing to our country.
B) Intentionally trying to tear it down as a joke
C) You’re a sadistic freak that likes watching people suffer.

As I said, I’m actually LAUGHING at your posts to see how upset you all are. I hope this will make you realize how ignorant you are, but then again it takes a BRAIN to realize things.

MENSAmbr180

November 3rd, 2010
12:34 am

What a loser ….AMEN!!!!! you HANDLED “Liberals are Losers”

SorryStateofAffairs

November 3rd, 2010
12:35 am

Things will only become worse in Georgia now. Stupid voters.

Jammy Codder

November 3rd, 2010
12:37 am

Reggie- I don’t care what color Osama (I mean Obama) is. What I do care is that he is a left wing socialist class action lawsuit lawyer who spends more time posing for photo ops than running the government. He is today’s Jimmy Carter…. way in over his head and we are going to retire him in a couple of years if not sooner. NOBAMA!

Philly

November 3rd, 2010
12:39 am

What I do care is that he is a left wing socialist class action lawsuit lawyer who spends more time posing for photo ops than running the government. He is today’s Jimmy Carter…. way in over his head and we are going to retire him in a couple of years if not sooner. NOBAMA!

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Specifics please. Mr. Codder.

LOSERRRRRR

November 3rd, 2010
12:47 am

Liberals are losers… you are so out of touch with reality. So completely out of touch it is scary. God gave you money? Does he only give certain people money? Or do people make money for themselves? Hmmm, I think I’ll go with the latter. Also, even if Republicans had 100% control, you will still pay taxes and pay for things you will never use. Why? BECAUSE THAT IS HOW IT WORKS SMARTY PANTS. You live in a community with other people! If you don’t want to pay anything do us all a favor and move to an island in the middle of the ocean!

Finally, it seems like you have an inferiority complex with liberals. It’s not the liberals fault for why you are the way you are: ignorant, uneducated, and miserable.

Liberals are Losers

November 3rd, 2010
12:57 am

You think I’M out of touch with reality? Ask all other Republicans and they’ll say the same thing. You are trash. I can’t even call you “people”. If you’re stupid enough to believe all this laughably immoral bs about sick things like abortion and gay marriage, you don’t DESERVE to have the title of “people”.

People sitting around their houses eating Cheetos should not have to make hardworking citizens like me pay for their leisure. If they’re legitimately good people, they will support themselves. As for education, the liberal government needs to keep their slimy faces out of my child’s life, teaching them about evolution and garbage like that. We can support OURSELVES. Stay out of the hospitals and businesses. Government is there for the primary reason of making sure nasty things don’t interfere with our lives (a.k.a. liberals).

It’s funny how you will call people idiots because they’re Republicans. Newsflash: we’re the only ones who actually know what we’re doing. Too bad you can’t see what you’re doing to our country.

Liberals are Losers

November 3rd, 2010
1:03 am

And it’s too bad Nathan Deal’s such a nice guy, or else he would’ve made it his number one priority to kick anybody who voted for that scumbag Barnes out of our state.

Joe Six-Pack

November 3rd, 2010
1:48 am

Wait just a minute. Obama was supposed to pay my bills, pay my mortgage, put gas into my car and solve my health issues. What happened here?

I paid my union dues! How come King Roy is not back in power! I don;t get it!

nightfirejett

November 3rd, 2010
2:50 am

AMEN! Ashamed and GA GRAD. I agree with you both 100 percent. I hope they throw this thief and lawbreaker in jail for a long time. The only problem is that I think we have Cagle to deal with if he goes but I think I can deal with Cagle more than deal with Deal!

Congrats Georgia

November 3rd, 2010
5:42 am

You just elected the George W. Bush of Georgia Governors. Nathan Deal will finish what Sonny Perdue started and will completely bankrupt this state. And in the process, he’ll get rich and mysteriously no longer be bankrupt.

Nathan Deal should step down. I think the votes that came in are not correct. Anyone want to protest his inaugeration as governor?

chrysanthevonne glenn

November 3rd, 2010
7:32 am

@ congrats Georgia
i am down for that keep me informed about the particulars

tiffany

November 3rd, 2010
7:44 am

You just elected the George W. Bush of Georgia Governors.