Georgia election: Who won your vote today and why?

I just voted at my local school where poll workers told me there had been a steady stream of folks all morning.

Chatting outside with neighbors, one expressed relief that the robo calls were finally over. She lamented the horrible campaign mailers in which candidates castigated their opponents for all varieties of vile wrongdoing.  If you believed all the charges and countercharges, she said the election came down to “pick your perve.”

Nathan Deal

Nathan Deal

I think this election offers two stark options for education. A Nathan Deal/John Barge regime will delight educators who believe that less is more. Districts that want less direction, intervention and guidance from the state will like the hands-off GOP team.

But I think the GOP will also mean less money. Deal has made clear that he’s promising greater flexibility to systems, not greater resources.

Those who believe that education needs the spotlights turned up to push change would like the Roy Barnes/Joe Martin regime. However, those spotlights can generate both light and heat. That won’t bother systems that want the attention and can cope with the pressure, but others may prefer a break from dictates and demands from above.

Roy Barnes

Roy Barnes

Financially, districts can expect a greater push for higher funding from Barnes.

Either way, we will have a lot to discuss over the next four years.

Let’s start now. Who won your vote and why?

281 comments Add your comment

high school teacher

November 2nd, 2010
11:11 am

I’m still busy trying to decide which one will be heads and which one will be tails on the coin that I flip… lol ;)

Lucy

November 2nd, 2010
11:46 am

Not a hard decision at all, Barnes/Martin is my chose.

Lucy

November 2nd, 2010
11:47 am

Let me restate that-not a hard decision at all, Barnes/Martin are my choices.

MsChrish

November 2nd, 2010
11:51 am

Please don’t vote for Deal! He is not qualified nor does he deserve to be governor. He had ethics violations brought against him in Congress for a reason. Don’t reward his bad behavior!

atlwolf

November 2nd, 2010
11:57 am

Barnes, definitely. Lesser of the two evils. Deal lost track of a $2.5 million loan. I don’t want someone with that much irresponsibility running this state.

sissyuga

November 2nd, 2010
12:00 pm

Deal just looks corrupt and he is old. He is in no way ready to be an education governor. Alos, he is flip-flopper. He was against Race to the Top bc in involved taking federal money, but came back less than 24 hours to say he was for it (His groupies got to him). My dog knows more about the issues that face education than he does.

HS Public Teacher

November 2nd, 2010
12:00 pm

If Deal wins, then GA gets what it deserves! Deal is a corrupt person, a crook – period. I just don’t understand how anyone with real “conservative” values would cast a vote for someone like that…

sissyuga

November 2nd, 2010
12:01 pm

Looks like I flip-flopped the letters in also.

Proud Black Man

November 2nd, 2010
12:04 pm

I voted a straight democratic ticket but having said that it looks like Georgia will probably elect a man who can’t even handle money

Dr NO

November 2nd, 2010
12:33 pm

Nice job PBM. I voted strait Republican and thats how the final numbers are gonna fall so I suggest all you libs get accustomed to it. I also voted against the $10 tag fee for more drama centers. We have plenty of drama centers.

We are NOT gonna have 4 years of Lipstick Roy.

Shar

November 2nd, 2010
12:35 pm

Two lousy options, no choice. Barnes/Porter/Martin, although I rarely vote a straight ticket. Cagle’s a glistening, slithering serpent, Deal has already stolen hundreds of thousands from Georgia taxpayers through his protected monopoly and has his greedy, bankrupt paws hovering over the state treasury for more, and Martin at least knows something about ground-up education policy. I was tempted by the libertarian candidate, Kira Willis, but several of her ideas are unworkable.

Shar

November 2nd, 2010
12:37 pm

Dr. No, that $10 fee is for TRAUMA centers, not DRAMA centers. I think I’d like it better if it did go towards the arts…..

Dr NO

November 2nd, 2010
12:40 pm

What if

November 2nd, 2010
12:41 pm

As I noted yesterday, we have a civic duty to THINK – so I’ll take issue with PBM above – there were a few repubs in lower offices I thought might serve well. My guess is Shady will be just like Sonny – could absolutely care less about the state, will be in it to line his own pockets. Shady desperately needs the office to get rich off us given he’s not done well on his own devices. Roy doesn’t need our money. On the other hand, not sure Roy will have actually changed his spots – he wasn’t before and likely won’t now be a careful listener. BUT – what he did he did as best he saw fit for the good of the state. Martin may not have been in the schools per se, but he’s got some ‘big picture’ time, something neither Ms. Facelift, Kathy, nor Barge had or have. So yes, I voted Roy/Joe. What do I think will happen? Shady/John. My guess is that will not bode well for public ed in Georgia. Shady probably could have avoided a runoff (if we have one) if he’d simply done a Marion Berry. Here that would have certainly put him over the top – - – We get what we deserve.

high school teacher

November 2nd, 2010
12:43 pm

Shar, I am struggling on the state supe as well. Like you, I like a lot of what Willis says, but I don’t know how workable it will be.

With regard to the trauma centers, they are a desperate need in the state of GA. We who live within an hour of Atlanta might not feel that need, but it’s vital to rural areas.

Proud Black Man

November 2nd, 2010
12:49 pm

@ Dr NO

“I voted strait Republican and thats how the final numbers are gonna fall so I suggest all you libs get accustomed to it.”

May I borrow your crystal ball?

Michael

November 2nd, 2010
12:51 pm

Unbelievable to think Deal/Barge means less is more. After Perdue’s lap dance for federal funds and RTTT that pony has bolted the barn. We basically told Obama/Duncan to come on in and tell us what to do. Georgia was the only shameless red state to get RTTT money this time around. Standards are national. Tests will soon be national and the curriculum? Well, what do you think?

What’s left is who is more likely to go after teachers? I figure Barnes is less likely to balance the budget on further cuts to teachers. Besides, I fully expect Deal and Cagle to be indicted for fraud.

Dr NO

November 2nd, 2010
12:51 pm

My Crystal Ball…Nope. You may however borrow my magic 8-ball.

Fed up

November 2nd, 2010
12:51 pm

I voted against the incumbent. If there wasn’t an incumbent I voted for the person with the least amount of political experience. If there was an unchallenged incumbent I wrote in a name. I am tired of career politicians who have never worked a day in their lives and think they have all the answers.

aaron kopper

November 2nd, 2010
12:58 pm

wow, all these *PRINCIPLED* democrats who cannot/did not vote for deal! these same idjits voted obama into office, and what a debacle obama is! all this talk of deal being corrupt, lack of ethics, can’t handle money, etc – where’s the same outrage toward obama??

the sad truth is that the black community would vote for obama (not all, but 90%) no matter what, just because he’s black. if that’s not the definition of racism, i don’t know what is.

Intelligentandunder30

November 2nd, 2010
12:58 pm

Dearest commenters above,

You are ignorant and need to stop believe everything media is feeding you. Nathan Deal is enduring struggles just like the majority of the rest of us Georgians. Roy Barnes has never had a struggling day in his life. How could you possibly think he would understand and listen long enough to actually help you? No Fortune 500 company who fired a CEO has ever rehired him/her back 8 years later… and there’s a reason for that! Straight republican ticket is the best and only way to go this year. The RIGHT kind of change is on its way, and I for one cannot wait!

aaron kopper

November 2nd, 2010
1:01 pm

-Intelligentandunder30- KUDOS!

Fed up

November 2nd, 2010
1:02 pm

Dr NO

November 2nd, 2010
1:02 pm

To quote a famous man…”Change has come to America”.

Allen

November 2nd, 2010
1:08 pm

Now you’ve done it Maureen.
You’re going to get the wackos who’ve ruined all the other boards at ajc.com.

WE lost our way

November 2nd, 2010
1:08 pm

I voted for Barnes,Porter and Willis for Education.She may have what it takes to get the job done.If not,no worse than past or present.I also voted Democratic for insurance Comm. and Attorney General.I have always voted Rebub. for the last 20 years on state level.However this year a choose candidate over party.Rebubs for the last 8 years have made a hell of a mess in state government.

Oxnard

November 2nd, 2010
1:10 pm

Unfortunately, in this election the main choices were “Bad” and “Bad Again”. I am tired of holding my nose when I vote, so my vote went for the only decent candidate; John Monds. It won’t change the outcome, but at least this year I can feel good with myself about who I voted for.

Linda

November 2nd, 2010
1:11 pm

LOL! Thank you Fed up. I guess being under 30 makes it hard to remember the first time Jobs led Apple. FWIW and I’m guessing not much, I voted Libertarian.

Marcus Hill

November 2nd, 2010
1:13 pm

Beth Beskin won my vote over Have-You-Seen-Her Tate. Its my first time voting for a Republican and it felt good!!!! Good bye Horacena Tate

Karen Handel Supporter

November 2nd, 2010
1:13 pm

I voted for Barnes

Ted Scheckler

November 2nd, 2010
1:13 pm

Obama was horrible for America. This election will help cleanse this country and help us get off the trash dump that he and the Democrats have turned this country in. Liberalism is a disease.

Viet Vet

November 2nd, 2010
1:14 pm

After the initial fall out of those in the race, I pretty much had my mind made up. When the dust cleared and Barnes and Deal were the last two standing, I decided my vote for gov. would not be cast. And I don’t play the “lesser of two evils” game.
If everybody was sick and tired of gov’t. as usual (which it appears it’s going to be) everybody would skip the vote for governor and show the state politicos that they are going to have to come up with something better than used goods!!

Clay

November 2nd, 2010
1:17 pm

I marked my ballot for Deal, but I did not vote for him. Once was enough with King Roy. Anyone but Roy in 2010!

cg

November 2nd, 2010
1:17 pm

Every man is flawed. But I’m voting for Republican because the Democrats have been trying to “fundementally” change America. And the change that has been going on is destroying us. It’s a shame that stupid and ignorant people with stars in their eyes are allowed to vote. But, that’s what we’ve become and we probably will be bending over and kissing our assets goodbye before too long. You Obama supporters are pitiful. Look at the facts. Geez.

Maureen Downey

November 2nd, 2010
1:18 pm

@Allen, I think the responses are reasonable thus far. Perhaps, the wackos are still at Jay Bookman’s.
Maureen

teacher&mom

November 2nd, 2010
1:21 pm

I voted for Monds, Porter, and Willis.

Our student body is voting today. School elections often mirror the general election results. If my homeroom is any indication of tonight’s outcome….I predict a run-off between Deal and Barnes.

Conservative

November 2nd, 2010
1:21 pm

Monds! Where has voting for the lesser of two evils ever gotten us?

EnoughAlready

November 2nd, 2010
1:21 pm

I like the Independence Day movie where Vivica Fox says “I VOTED FOR THE OTHER GUY”. So, if the polls slated a winner; I voted for the other guy.

Drew

November 2nd, 2010
1:23 pm

straight republican! NO ROY IN 2010

beachwriter

November 2nd, 2010
1:24 pm

I voted Libertarian. The Democrats and Republicans are all pretty much worthless, with the governor’s race a shining example of the pathetic state of both parties in this state. Not having a Libertarian to vote for in D4 where I live, I voted for Liz Carter to YANK HANK “Guam is Sinking” Johnson.

beachwriter

November 2nd, 2010
1:25 pm

Oh, and I also voted AGAINST all 5 amendments. Until they starting writing these in plain everyday English that everyone can understand, I will never vote for any of them.

Dr NO

November 2nd, 2010
1:25 pm

Monds…now there is a good choice.

Guernica

November 2nd, 2010
1:26 pm

Mr. Deal hastily resigned from Congress in order to halt an Ethics Committee probe into his personal finances and way of “doing business”, and took with him, by his own admission, well into six figures’ worth of the taxpayers’ money. His voting record, especially as regards women’s issues, is pathetic. NO DEAL. I went for Barnes. I’m not necessarily a FAN of Mr. Barnes, but he’s not a crook, and he won’t make off with our money and leave the state even more broke than it is right now. It’s important to BEAT Deal, so I went with the strategic vote.

Really?

November 2nd, 2010
1:26 pm

Barnes got my vote.

WE lost our way

November 2nd, 2010
1:28 pm

Maybe I’m wrong but the article is about statewide election NOT national election.Everybody gets bent out of shape over Washington politics(I do to).But Governor and other state positions have nothing and I mean nothing to do with national politics.Now when you are talking about U.S. Congressmen or Ladies,different story.

FedUp

November 2nd, 2010
1:29 pm

I voted for Deal. Although it was like picking between Satan and a demon, I took Deal totally because I would rather have him than go through another 4 years of good ole boy Roy.
Plus Roy wants and promise a million things with NO WAY to pay for them, unless he uses the old Democratic ploy of “let’s raise taxes!”

Proud Black Man

November 2nd, 2010
1:29 pm

@ Ted Scheckler

“Obama was horrible for America. This election will help cleanse this country and help us get off the trash dump that he and the Democrats have turned this country in. Liberalism is a disease.”

So I guess the 4000+ dead in a bull crap war that Bush started and the billions thrown down the well in TARP money under Bush don’t bug you at all? Either you tea (insert the name that cannot be mentioned) are incredibly slow or your suffer from selective amnesia.

Jimmy Pritchard

November 2nd, 2010
1:30 pm

Deal doesn’t impress me, and I wouldn’t vote for King Roy if he gave me the keys to his mansion. I wrote in Herman Cain.

Greg

November 2nd, 2010
1:31 pm

Isn’t Deal under investigation? It’s interesting that people will vote for a man under investigation instead of his opponents who are not.

People in Gwinnett voted for Kevin Kenerly even thhough they know he was out vacationing with the same folks who he allegedly took 1 million in bribes from. Now folks are crying foul.

Seems to me you vote logically or you vote party line.

Those who vote Party line…. that is not very smart in this election.

Monds or Barnes…. I have not decided yet.

FedUp

November 2nd, 2010
1:31 pm

NO DEAL. I went for Barnes. I’m not necessarily a FAN of Mr. Barnes, but he’s not a crook, and he won’t make off with our money and leave the state even more broke than it is right now. It’s important to BEAT Deal, so I went with the strategic vote.

The above comment is almost funny, considering all Barnes has done over the past 8 years is sue the State of Georgia over and over even winning a $450million lawsuit against the state, along with opposing and sueing to not make people show their license when voting. I guess one thing would help, at least the state would save a considerable amount considering they won’t have to fight his lawsuits constantly.