Georgia election: To be (in a runoff), or not to be?

(Note: This thread is for discussing the state results. Discuss the national results here.)

UPDATE at 1 a.m.: By now, you’ve probably read elsewhere on AJC.com about the GOP sweep of the statewide races. In the Legislature, the Republicans were set to reach a new high of 108 seats, a net gain of three. They picked up seats in Southwest Georgia, in Middle Georgia — the Dublin seat that House Minority Leader DuBose Porter gave up to run for governor this year — and in Gwinnett and Cobb counties. One of the four was offset by Jill Chambers’ loss in DeKalb County.

The additions to the GOP caucus will probably help to strengthen David Ralston’s hold on the speaker’s gavel. Here’s what he told me about the results:

“We had to make some tough choices” in the last legislative session, Ralston said. “That’s what leadership is about, that’s what governing is about. … We focused on doing a few things and doing them right, as opposed to a large volume of laws. …

“I think the people of Georgia looked at our candidates tonight and saw a positive, optimistic view for moving forward. … Given the climate we’re in, I’m pleased.”

ADDED at 8:12 p.m.: Here’s a link to the Georgia secretary of state’s election-results. One thing to keep in mind: When you see “xx% of precincts reporting,” you are seeing the total including Election Day voting, early voting in person, and early voting by mail. Look a little lower for the Election Day voting percentage to keep track of how far along we really are, because that represents the bulk of the votes cast.

ORIGINAL POST:

I’m going to experiment with live-blogging the Georgia results separately from the national ones (which you can discuss here). This is where we’ll discuss state and local races.

Polls close at 7 p.m. The Political Insider has posted a good run-down of what to watch for as the night progresses. Expect the early results to start rolling in by 8. At some point after that, I’m heading to the Georgia GOP election-night party to get Republican reactions and will be blogging from there (technology willing).

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[...] with live-blogging the national results separately from the Georgia ones (which you can discuss here). This is where we’ll discuss national [...]

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

November 2nd, 2010
7:20 pm

Yeah, Barnes is gonna run off, just sayin…

Some Deal y’all got, eh?

Marilyn

November 3rd, 2010
10:54 am

Well, now that Capt. Underpants is going to be our new Governor, and the Repubs did a clean sweep, both locally and nationally, I hope you all will be happy with the results. Remember the definition of insanity? Did you all really think Obama and crew could clean up in two years what the Repubs did over the past 8 ~ or really starting with Reagan? If all that they have propagated was true, why did our economy go off the cliff? Y’all have shot yourselves in your collective foot. Enjoy the pain!

Intown

November 3rd, 2010
2:10 pm

Sorry. Should’ve posted this under State Results.

Non-partisan proof that the electorate is stupid:

* they vote yes on a constitutional amendment to give employers the upper-hand on non-compete agreements.

* they vote no on a nominal $10 fee to support a state-wide trauma care network and plug those giant holes in trauma coverage on the way to the beach or to Savannah.

STOOOOPIIIIID!!!!!!

Recent Grad

November 3rd, 2010
3:47 pm

Intown, how could you fail to mention they elected a known crook and scoundrel as governor? I’m through with this state. You hicks, red-necks and hay seeds make me sick!