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

LOSERRRRRR

November 3rd, 2010
9:15 am

Liberals are losers, you indeed ARE out of touch with reality.

1) You think everyone must believe what you believe or else they should be kicked out of the state or country (and that is NOT what America stands for). I don’t care what other people do with their life because it doesn’t affect ME or MY values. Also, those issues are not even important right now! We have bigger issues, like the economy.

2) I called you in particular an idiot because well, look at your comments! You sound like an ignorant idiot.

3) Republicans have no idea what they are doing either. You will all be let down, rest assured. In 2 years, it will be the same old same old. The Republicans will continue to not work with the Democrats and both parties will not compromise and get issues solved. All the Republicans are going to do is NOTHING and stop whatever they can (even if it may be good for our country) and then blame the President for doing nothing. It’s all part of their power-hungry scheme to take over all control in 2012. Yeah, that will be great – no checks and balances – we’ll see how far that gets us all. You can be all excited and post your ignorant comments now, but just wait as it won’t last long and you’ll see who is going to really ruin this country…

4) At the state level here in Georgia, our pressing needs will most likely not be resolved. I hope Deal can tackle the water, education, and transportation issues we face because that is what’s holding this states economy back. If the major metro area of our state can’t get water, the infrastructure in the Atlanta area is not upgraded to provide more alternatives, and the public school system in the rest of the state continues to suck, Georgia’s economy is not going to turn around. I’m afraid Deal doesn’t have the balls or the will to make the tough decisions to get this resolved. I hope I am wrong, but only time will tell.

Upward Bound

November 3rd, 2010
9:42 am

Wow! It`s sad and disturbing how racist you all are… The main people who say racism doesn`t exist. When will we wake up? Race is simply a politcal term used only when it`s time to check a box. There is only 1 race and that is the human race. The same people who claim to be Christians are the same ones slandering other cultures but claim to worship the God of all. God is not for White people or Black people, but for people. Man came up with these labels to keep us seperated and dislike each other. If given the same resources, acces and opportunities many people in some of these underpriviledged and disenfranchised communities would thrive and grow to be productive citizens. Black, White, red or other productive people are good for our country. We our such a shallow country and unfortunately racism is alive and well worst than it was in 1860.

elitist liberal

November 3rd, 2010
10:23 am

What’s new? The abject ignorance and gullibility of the Georgia Electorate has been a national joke for a long time – our bottom of the barrel school systerm has produced the voters I knew it would. The true absurdity is the notion on anyone’s part that Nathan Deal has a clue about how to manage
finances. Since he grew rich peddling influence in elected office, we will at least have the pleasure of watching him lose it all through stupidity. But we will all be paying off his mortgages for the next 4 years.

Reginald

November 3rd, 2010
2:42 pm

You are way out in left field- your sooooo out of touch- you need to get help Obama is for Obama and only for Obama. You are nothing in his way of thinking.

Chris

November 3rd, 2010
4:37 pm

Deal or Roy…whatever! Lessor of two evils if you ask me, one has proven himself incompetent I’ll leave it for everyone else to decide whom I’m referring too. Amendment 1 is where my beef lies…thanks uninformed Georgia voters!!! Once this gets amended into the GA Constitution, expect everyone from AJC to Publix have their employees sign a non-compete agreement. If you don’t understand what that is and how it can effect you, don’t worry…you soon will. Georgia WAS a right to work state, now that Amendment 1 passed it just opened the flood gates for unions and strict non-competes to rush right in and the “blue pencil” won’t be able to save anyone, anymore. Don’t know what the “blue-pencil” is…then you that voted “YES” shouldn’t have voted on this amendment as you were uninformed!!!! Before anyone goes “high and mighty” on me, YES I was born and raised in Georgia and I’ve had to sign non-compete agreements and fight them.

happy

November 3rd, 2010
5:14 pm

deal is much better than what we have now, my dog would be