The Karen Handel-Nathan Deal GOP runoff offers many contrasts: female versus male, former county official versus ex-congressman.
Here’s a third contrast that should sound familiar to Georgians: urban versus rural.
A (very helpful) map of Tuesday’s primary election results on ajc.com shows some geographic patterns of support among the four leading Republican candidates for governor. Third-place Eric Johnson captured Southeast Georgia; tops for fourth-place John Oxendine were the sparsely populated counties below the gnat line.
Deal, as expected, was strong in the North Georgia counties he represented in Congress. But his support also forms a kind of exurban ring around metro Atlanta, loosely defined.
The counties won by Handel, on the other hand, represent the state’s urban and suburban areas.
Besides metro Atlanta, Handel’s wins mostly