The Republican Party faithful put a good face on last night’s close gubernatorial race at a “unity breakfast” this morning in Buckhead. But they’ll surely breathe a sigh of relief at the news, just broken by the AJC’s Aaron Gould Sheinin, that Karen Handel has conceded to Nathan Deal.
There was little appetite among the breakfast crowd for Handel to take a knife’s-edge loss and try to stick it in her opponent. Nor was there much belief that a recount would produce anything other than what we had after last night: the nomination of Deal to run against Democrat Roy Barnes and Libertarian John Monds.
Her absence from the breakfast event was conspicuous, although that looks different in the light of a fresh concession. But in any case it was clear that the party was ready to move on to the general election.
And while Congressman Tom Price and especially defeated labor-commissioner candidate Melvin Everson gave fiery speeches, the most effective remarks may have come from, of all