Lt. Gov. Cagle re-elected

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle won another term Tuesday, handily defeating Democrat Carol Porter with 55 percent of the vote.

Speaker David Ralston introduced Cagle at a victory party by saying voters believed in the message of cutting taxes and cutting government.

“We won back seats we shouldn’t have lost two years ago,” Ralston told a crowd that swelled to hear from Cagle and Nathan Deal, who was slated to appear shortly after Cagle took the stage.

Cagle echoed the joy of other candidates in the GOP sweep.

“It is our moment to seize the time to liberate our state,” Cagle said. “People are looking for someone who recognizes that government does not create jobs but the private sector does. We have to make our state the best there is to do business in.”

Cagle defeated Democrat Jim Martin in 2006 to become the first Republican lieutenant governor in Georgia history.

- April Hunt

29 comments Add your comment


November 2nd, 2010
11:35 pm

No, the election of Cagle just signifies that the denser, more progressive parts of metro Atlanta ITP and just OTP haven’t grown large enough in population yet to counter the good-’ol-boy politics outside the state and put leaders who will push for rail and other positive infrastructure changes. It’s business as usual and Georgia will again not move forward and not compete unless we get people like Cagle out of office. Hopefully the others elected in can undo the damage that was done by electing Cagle.


November 2nd, 2010
11:36 pm

I meant good ‘ol boy politics outside the inner metro.

By the way, when metro Atlanta grows large enough, it will dominate state politics. I can’t wait for that day. Rural Georgia shouldn’t run things.


November 2nd, 2010
11:39 pm

By the way, are you ready to lay down the infrastructure the businesses need to grow? Cutting taxes isn’t a policy that brings in the business community. You need to build for growth – more freight rail, commuter rail, light rail. If you want to grow, INVEST. Cutting taxes further just isn’t going to do it. We’re tired of “let’s build roads” politics, we’re tired of your rhetoric. You guys have been in power too long. How can you talk about change? You have failed to do it in the past.

Sonny Jurgenson

November 2nd, 2010
11:42 pm

Whuh time is dinner?


November 2nd, 2010
11:54 pm

Months of AJC shilling for Barnes down the drain. Lots of headlines about a likely runoff when polls indicated a LANDSLIDE for Deal was in the offing. The AJC simply does not care that they don’t have a shred of credibility.


November 3rd, 2010
12:03 am

All I want to say about this race is….I can promise you that you have not heard the last of Carol Porter. She will accept this defeat with grace and will continue to fight for education for our future generations. What an awesome person with tremendous character she is! I have faith that she will be back!


November 3rd, 2010
12:04 am

Georgia has decided to remain in the 19th century with the results of these elections. It is a sad day in this state when 2 men from the same city are elected and both are ethically bankrupt.

Concerned Mom

November 3rd, 2010
1:02 am

The trouble is there was NO ONE worthy of our votes. Deal is a crook and Barnes couldn’t govern his way out of a paper bag!

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

November 3rd, 2010
1:10 am

Yeah. “Both Sides” there snowflake. You just enjoy full republican control for another two years and see where tax cuts get you all.


bruce barber

November 3rd, 2010
5:22 am

i am prowd of my son dan barber for running in race


November 3rd, 2010
6:10 am


Typical d-bag liberal bringing up “infrastructure”. **YAWN***
Get a new mantra. I don’t even want to touch your ignorant comment on people inside the perimeter being above the “good ol’ boys” outside the perimeter, you eugenicist, mouth breathing, arrogant imbecile.


November 3rd, 2010
6:16 am

The citizens of Georgia have sent a very loud voice to Washington that we are tired of the spending & taxing us to death!1 We need jobs, we need a sense of security & with the win last night by Deal & Cagle I think Georgia is on the right track!!! It’s time to roll up our sleeves, take the gloves off & get down to business for the state for Georgia!!!

Al Faretta

November 3rd, 2010
7:03 am

I can’t believe you IDIOTS voted or Amendment 1. Thanks a lot, you backwoods inbreds……keeping Georgia in last place.


November 3rd, 2010
7:11 am

@Melanie, So what was Sonny&Cagle doing for the past years? Oh yeah, they were chasing Gena.

King Roy

November 3rd, 2010
7:29 am

Seems to be some sweet Libs on here, calling the citizens of GA names. As if they are so brilliant. I suggest Delta is ready when you are. Let me recommend The People’s Republic of California. They have reelected Governor Moonbeam, and their state is in much worse shape than GA. You’ll love it there. Have a nice trip.

King Roy

November 3rd, 2010
7:32 am


In other words, INVEST=SPEND. Oh yeah, that seems to have worked reeeaal well.

big t

November 3rd, 2010
7:41 am

what is it ’bout TERM LIMITS don’t ya’ll understand……..?
Never reelect them again….
ONLY one term and make them get a real job again IF
one can be found……

James Stephenson

November 3rd, 2010
8:59 am

netdragon, there is a reason why the south is leading the nation in Job creation. It is called taxes and the lesser taxes here in the south. However, start spending money to look more like the north and those taxes will increase the business will move elsewhere.

Why don’t liberals understand tax cause and affect?

Let's think

November 3rd, 2010
9:04 am

Let’s don’t make it an urban vs rural issue. The point is that the current Georgia government has been heavily influenced by financial interests and has not paid enough attention to the interests of the state in general. Carol Porter articulated some of these issues really well. We need more people in politics like her. Term limits alone won’t solve our problems. What we need is good information about the performance of our representatives so we can make intelligent decisions. Over the last couple of years, the AJC has done a pretty good job of providing this information.

@James Stephenson

November 3rd, 2010
9:21 am

Why don’t you understand the difference between effect and affect? Go back to grade school.

Phil Drummond

November 3rd, 2010
9:41 am

Netdragon is a fool. Yeah, I can’t wait for metro Atlanta to further dominate anything in this state- Metro Atlanta is a cess pool….corrupt, bankrupt, all-racial, hell-hole. I guess the entire rest of the state of Georgia shouldn’t matter. You are an ignorant, arrogant idiot. Here’s an idea…….MOVE!!

Sherri McCaustlan d

November 3rd, 2010
10:10 am

Why should the color of ones skin matter? If that person is the best for the job, and the people, of all colors, vote that person in, why are you making a divisive issue out of it. I did not cast my votes based on color, or party. I voted for what I, as an America, felt was best for my corner of the world. I did not look for who was of what race before voting. I think the this article of yours is sad, and out of step with the new Georgia . You should have focused on the fact that so many Georgians got out and voted! , and that so many all said the same thing. I think you are taking issue with the fact that, race was not an issue. Blacks’ and Whites’ all want the same thing, a better life, for themselves, and their kids. Report on that!


November 3rd, 2010
10:18 am

Net Dragon,
My friend, you have missed the most fundamnetal of all economic foundational rules…..if you keep more money in the hands of constituents (low taxes), they will drive the economy with new enterprises and job creation. Filtering a bunch of wasted gov’t funds through bureacratic waste filters is very inefficient, begs for abuse, and doesn’t grow an economy. In a nutshell, it’s called Reaganomics…..and EVERYBODY benefits.

Who Cares?

November 3rd, 2010
10:32 am


Sorry bud, but cutting taxes does create job opportunities. We saw how well the Democrats ideas have worked with their stimulus plan. Hopefully the Republicans will realize the need for small business benefits, as that’s where our recovery will come from this time. Small businesses need a break! Infrastructure improvements for what? Atlanta? I’ve lived in metro Atlanta (born and raised in Atlanta for 29 years, and moved to Cobb 24 years ago) my entire life, and have to tell you that I avoid ITP as much as possible. When Atlanta wants to clean up their crime and all of the bums that have taken over public transportation, then maybe companies would flock here. Ignoring the obvious hasn’t worked for decades and will continue not to work. Just open your eyes. It’s obvious! Somebody has to be willing to roll up their sleeves and do some dirty work for Atlanta’s benefit. Also, maybe it’d be a good idea to look at a map of Georgia. Atlanta is a very small portion of the state, although it might be the most densely populated area. Sorry, majority still rules, and yes Atlanta is not a state, Georgia is.

Bill Orvis White

November 3rd, 2010
11:43 am

WE THE PEOPLE have spoken. Folk like Liberal Jay are crying in their cereal this morning. I love it. Guess what-the work has not started yet. We will be watching all of them by holding them accountable to keep big government spending under control while creating jobs, boosting our fighting men overseas and balancing the budget that folk like Hussein Obama created.


November 3rd, 2010
11:50 am

OK Republicans–get busy. If the Georgia unemployment rate is still 10%+ in two years you are toast. Oh wait, of course you can always blame Georgia’s problems on Obama.


November 3rd, 2010
12:04 pm

netdragon- Do you think Cagle is from RURAL Ga? ROTFLMAO! He grew up in Gainesville and I don’t know if you have been to Gainesville lately, or gotten out of your little dark hole of bitterness, but Gainesville is just north of Atlanta. Far enough to not feel so much of the crap and close enough to have at least one of everything and still be able to drive back and forth to Atlanta within 45 minutes or so (one way). Also you can enjoy the lake, or you can go to the more scenic areas in the north end of Hall Co. where you can see the mountains, and you Might find Some rural areas still, but not that many. They are all being built up into subdivisions due to the influx of people moving into the Hall Co./Gainesville area, but Gainesville itself, the city of Gainesville isn’t rural in the least! That’s where Casey Cagle grew up and went to High School, etc. Rural my tush…you need to check what you are whinging about before you start!

johnny johnson

November 3rd, 2010
12:35 pm

small business can’t provide enough jobs to keep the economy strong. we need to make it unprofitable for these companies who are taking all of our manufacturing jobs to China and other foreign countries. This did not seem important to the politicians when it was low payed textile workers who were losing their jobs but now it is all areas,


November 3rd, 2010
2:59 pm

Here’s what one of yours said:
Nathan Deal is going to help throw Barack Anticrist Hussein out of our beautiful country. Why do we allow such shallow, idiotic liberal morons to breed? I say we sterilize you, so you will be the LAST trace of disgusting slime to taint our country. Nathan Deal deserved every bit of what he got. You and Roy Barnes can go jump off a cliff for all I care.

Who’s the eugenicist now? Well, I still would be glad to put both of you down like mad dogs.