Karen Handel concedes in Republican runoff for governor

The statement just arrived from her campaign:

I want to thank all of my friends, supporters, volunteers and my campaign team for a tremendous effort over the last 16 months. We ran a terrific campaign, beat the odds to come in first place in the Primary, and came so very close in the runoff election.

As of this morning, we are four tenths of a percentage point behind Nathan Deal with absentee ballots and overseas military votes yet to be counted.

We certainly have the option of requesting the automatic statewide recount. But we are not going to do that.

The best thing for our party is to rally around Congressman Deal as our nominee in the fight against Roy Barnes. Barnes would return Georgia to a past that is best kept in our rearview mirror. We must marshal all of our resources to defeat him.

I spoke with Nathan this morning and let him know that I endorse his candidacy and look forward to the fight against Barnes. I have also called on all who were supporting me to give their same commitment and energy to Nathan.

I thank the people of Georgia for the opportunity to serve them and for allowing me to interview for the job of Governor. This was an amazing journey, and the friendships that Steve and I made enriched our lives immeasurably. I look forward to finding a way to serve this great state in the future.

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Real Victory

August 11th, 2010
11:10 am

Thank you to all who supported us during this primary. Those who did not, our tent is big and we will gladly welcome you. Our state cannot afford 4 more years of Roy Barnes.

The Penguin

August 11th, 2010
11:19 am

The past with Barnes as Governor, was better than the last 8 years of boat ramps, gridlock on highways, and the pummeling of education in this state. The freaking governor is leaving office richer than he was when he started. Guess is the legacy that Deal wants to continue.

dan

August 11th, 2010
11:19 am

Barnes is arrogant, looks disheveled and appears to have fallen off a bar stool..why would we put him back in office? I voted for Karen, will support Deal and look forward to GOP in office…

TBS

August 11th, 2010
11:19 am

“Our tent is big”… LOL, that’s funny. It’s big only if you’re a heterosexual white person.

Adam

August 11th, 2010
11:20 am

Barnes is going to crush Deal.

Goobers

August 11th, 2010
11:20 am

Hahahaha! (just laughing with the thinking people about the election choices)!

Georgia circles the drain. Gay-bashing certainly provided the victory here, probably helped by the fact that Handel wanted to permit abortions in the many cases where a GA daddy/uncle/cousin/brother knocked up their niece/sister/momma/aunt/cousin.

turnerBroadcasting

August 11th, 2010
11:21 am

As an independent voter, I threw my support to Nathan Deal in the primary but in the General, Roy looks like the smarter choice. Barnes ran a good shop here in Georgia and the GOP governor outgoing did some things that were kind of questionable – like that time he stoppped all schoolbus routes to save gas, that ended up making me miss three days work babysitting my kids at home. That was a real slick move. Saved the state ten bucks. Lost me three hundred. So, although I supported Nathan – I’m listening to both sides in this one come fall.

DannyX

August 11th, 2010
11:23 am

“Our state cannot afford 4 more years of Roy Barnes.”

Yes our bank failures are good for the state. Our ethics are proudly displayed by Glenn Richardson. Corporate tax breaks to Sonny and Linger longer have been a boon to the state. Lobbyists are great at writing their own legislation. Wiping out corporate taxes have saved education. Pray for Rain ended the water wars. Pay day lender deregulation has been a great asset to our soldiers stationed here that deserve to pay 100% interest. Sunday sales are an abomination. The end of the $300 a year Homestead exemption was wonderful. The threat of secret implants is over. Ethics laws are overrated. Transportation problems in Metro Atlanta are a myth.

Please voters. Save us from Roy Barnes.

Oh Intown Writer...

August 11th, 2010
11:23 am

The GOP fight song – isn’t there something along the lines of the Barney kid’s program tune with the words subbed as “I hate you, you hate me, let’s tie…
It should be “Barney” to a tree~
but in this case it’s “everyone who doesn’t look like me”…
All I heard for weeks was “I hate them more than you do !!!”
Swimmy, just swimmy

Tia

August 11th, 2010
11:23 am

Classy. She could have held out making it much harder when the dust settles for whoever the winner is to campaign against Roy Barnes. I like that.

LEAVE SARAH PALIN IN ALASKA

August 11th, 2010
11:25 am

BRINGING SARAH PALIN TO ATLANTA WAS A ‘BIG’ MISTAKE. ALL REPUBLICANS ARE NOT STUPID KAREN!!!!! THANK U KAREN FOR MAKING THIS ‘HUGE’ MISTAKE THIS REALLY SHOWED US YOUR CHARACTER!!!!!!!

Real Deal

August 11th, 2010
11:25 am

Sad day for Georgia. Nathan Deal is everything we say we want to get rid of. Thanks Karen for showing some class. I’ll start my voting below the Governor tab. I refuse to be a part of voting in a part of the problem that plagues this nation on the state and national level. What a shame that we have to choose between a creep and boob. Maybe we can step it up and write in Hank Johnson.

Goobers

August 11th, 2010
11:26 am

Ga/s long dark journey that began to be more noticeable a couple of years before Sonny came along with promises to restore the Rebel flag and prevent the teachers from being smart enough to teach now accelerates. Seccession is a great idea; you do not want the liberal race-mixers and homo-lovers in other parts of the country holding back your great progress in the race to the bottom.

LEAVE SARAH PALIN IN ALASKA

August 11th, 2010
11:26 am

THE SMARTER CHOICE AT THE END IS ROY BARNES!!!!!!!!!!

Aquagirl

August 11th, 2010
11:27 am

“our tent is big and we will gladly welcome you”

Is that intentional humor?

Billy Joe Poteet

August 11th, 2010
11:29 am

Democrats = Hessein “Change you can believe in” Obama
Joe (I can’t keep my foot out of my mouth) Biden
Nancy “We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in the bill” Pelosi
Harry (The wimp) Reed
Barny (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) Frank
Roy (I know I can fool ‘em again) Barnes

Republican = Nathan Deal

I will support and vote for Nathan Deal for Governor in November.

Food For Thought

August 11th, 2010
11:29 am

The only thing big about the GOP tent is how fast and how hard they work to keep women at bay.
So now we have a candidate who could he indicted….. you fools have assured Roy Barnes victory. A good swift kick in the ass is deserved by all of you. Stupid silly men.

crackbaby

August 11th, 2010
11:30 am

Ms. Handel is a class act. She would make a very good Governor of Georgia.

Too bad Sarah Palin had to butt in on her campaign. May have cost Handel the few thousand votes she needed.

Gosh, Roy Barnes vs. Nathan Deal. King Roy vs. the ethically challenge “Mr. Deal”. Hold your nose and vote my fellow Georgians!

Jack

August 11th, 2010
11:31 am

What a shame.

Although I will vote this fall, I cannot vote for Nathan Deal and do not think that Roy Barnes is a viable alternative. I know all the arguements (not voting is a vote for Roy Barnes, etc) but to vote for Nathan Deal is to validate his misbehavior and I will not do this.

I understand the highly partisan nature of a campaign and also understand why Ms. Handel has endorsed a candidate that she has worked so hard to expose as being corrupt. This is one reason why I could never consider any elective office that requires political party identification.

I believe, unlike most, that Sarah Palin’s highly visible support actually worked against Ms. Handel. Ms. Palin appears to be very popular but not taken too seriously as a person willing to work hard, learn and understand the issues and provide much more than clever sound bites to the debate. Although I find her highly entertaining and almost always in agreement, I would never consider voting for her for president when there are so many solid conservatives to chose from.

I will vote “down ticket” but will leave the gubernatorial line blank.

Fred

August 11th, 2010
11:33 am

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

WHY KAREN?

WHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYY!!

THE ANGELS WERE COMING TO SAVE YOU!!!???!!!

And now they will destroy you.

You turned your back on the beloved and santified one – SARAH PALIN.

KAREN HANDEL IS A HARPY.

And also, she is fat.

Jason T

August 11th, 2010
11:33 am

Kick King Roy’s a$$!!!!

Toooo Much Politics!!!!

August 11th, 2010
11:34 am

So less than 24 hours after her defeat Karen Handel has decided to back Nathan Deal, but for the last 6 months she has been saying how corrupt and dishonest Deal is, that says alot about her character. Bringing Sarah Palin to Atlanta was a huge mistake, ask John McCain his opinion about the Wasilla, AK Trailer Trash Tramp.

DannyX

August 11th, 2010
11:36 am

This is so ironic.

Back when Sonny was campaigning for his first term he openly courted the gay vote. Contrary to popular belief there are many conservative gay people. Sonny made a few speeches at a gay business group that has thousands of members. Sonny won a very close race.

Karen on the other hand bad mouthed gays. No way were conservative gays were going to vote for her. She ended up losing by just a few thousand votes. Had she kept her mouth shut she just might have won the nomination.

Oh well.

No Longer Republican

August 11th, 2010
11:37 am

Georgia Republicans made a real mistake yesterday. Handel was the only one of the bunch with any skills, any class or any ability to beat Roy Barnes. Nathan Deal is just another in the line of money-seeking politicians that care nothing about anything but what is in it for them. Karen seemed sincerely interested in making a difference in Georgia. Not that I agreed with her policy ideas, but at least she seemed real and motivated to move Georgia. Deal would do absolutely nothing to help with any of the problems facing Georgia today. He is plainly CLUELESS because he spends all of his time worrying about what is in it for him. Go ahead Georgia, elect Deal. And the rest of the country will be laughing at us again when our Governor is arrested on corruption charges just like Blago in Illinois. I love my home state, but so many people here are extremely ignorant.

Inspiration

August 11th, 2010
11:38 am

When Karen stated that Sarah P. was her “inspiration” that did it for me. It was sad to see her sink to such a low level. And anyway, she wouldn’t have finished out her term as Guv if she won, just like Sarah. Washington would quickly be in her sights. Has Karen ever finished out a term of anything she has run for and won? Another Sarah.

Ralph

August 11th, 2010
11:38 am

Good move. The other AJC article about her concession is still campaigning for Barnes. As we all know, the AJC ALWAYS endorses the most left candidate (Democrat).

LEAVE SARAH PALIN IN ALASKA

August 11th, 2010
11:39 am

AMEN,AMEN @Toooo Much Politics!!!!

August 11th, 2010
11:34 am

No Deal

August 11th, 2010
11:40 am

So the wacky right voted for the ethically challenged slime-slinger? I guess he’s representative then. So be it. By the way, the nickname “King Roy” is because he actually showed influential leadership (a/k/a Sarah Palin’s cajones) while Governor. If he wins, he will have to be more negotiable, since he won’t have a Dem majority like last time.

Better Perspective

August 11th, 2010
11:41 am

Can GA teachers really forget what Barnes did? Really?

Stupidisnotanexcuse

August 11th, 2010
11:41 am

I am truly sorry Handel has lost. What I am even more sorry about is the lack of voter turnout. Approximately 9 million people live in the state of Georgia and less than 600,000 votes? What is wrong with people? You should be ashamed if you didn’t vote and don’t you dare ever complain about the government. Ignorance is rampant in Georgia. Anyone else notice the lines for section 8 housing, yet NO ONE had to stand in line to vote??? Obviously the dems have November locked up.

Ben

August 11th, 2010
11:42 am

I like the prospect of mixed governance in this state – a Democratic governor and a Republican legislature. They will keep an eye on each other like wary prizefighters.

One-party rule breeds corruption: Richardson and Cagle are examples in Georgia, and there are almost innumerable examples in the US Congress.

dishdawg

August 11th, 2010
11:42 am

So … what did Nathan promise Karen in order for her to bow out so quickly? Where’s Mary Norwood when you need her? C’mon — jump in the pool.

Fred

August 11th, 2010
11:43 am

Danny: Satan’s coming for you. You wear that X as a sign of pride and it will make you BURN.

As for the gay thing.

“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.” (Leviticus 18:22)

“If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.” (Leviticus 20:13)

Can the WORD OF GOD be any more clear??

The gays are out to take over the world.

I WILL NOT ALLOW IT.

And also, it is icky.

BJ

August 11th, 2010
11:44 am

Sarah Palin’s backing kept me from voting for Karen Handel……………cannot stand Sarah Palin! and her holier than thou bandwagon…………

Marcel - Atlanta

August 11th, 2010
11:45 am

I’ve voted as a Democrat in past elections for governor, but I can appreciate a good political race when I see one. This is a first class move by Handel not to challenge the election. Now… having said that, I think she shot herself in her “mama grizzly paw” by having Sarah Palin campaign for her. I doubt Palin made a much of a difference in rural Georgia, but likely cost her at least 3,000 votes from educated Republicans in Metro Atlanta who see Palin as less than capable. I’d be interested in what the exit polls say about that.

If I were Barnes advisor, I’d focus attention on the Libertarian candidate. GOPers may like him better than Deal and his allegations of bad ethics. Take votes away from Deal, and a Barnes win is a real possibility.

Jason T

August 11th, 2010
11:45 am

Amazing the posters with “Sarah Derangement Syndrome”..however, they probably have no problem with the buffoon we have for Vice President. I will submit, though, Palin is no match for the stupidity of Joe Biden.

Koz

August 11th, 2010
11:47 am

Now that Karen’s out, I’ll be voting for John Monds

Goobers

August 11th, 2010
11:47 am

Wonder if the Sea Island collapse is related to Ga’s descent into Cracker hell. It is obvious that intelligent people of means will be looking elsewhere to work, live, and play. If i still owned real estate in GA i would hit the bid, and just hope i did not have to hit it as hard as Sea Island.

Sell and move while there is still a market!

Inspiration

August 11th, 2010
11:49 am

Oh, you can be sure Karen was offered something to drop out so quickly. She always has the next job she wants lined up before she quits one. I’m guessing a DC appt. with the Rep. Party or a Rep. Congressional leader. Maybe she can be Sarah’s personal shopper since the Palins inspire her so much.

WAW

August 11th, 2010
11:49 am

The big tent is full of elephants and clowns… a REAL circus!

Let’s make a DEAL with Casey’s help… everything is negotiable!

Gainesville ole boys are north of the gnat line… north of Atlanta… and north conservatives!

Barnes and Porter… restore common sense to Georgia!

Nopalin

August 11th, 2010
11:51 am

GOD IS REAL!! HANDEL’S OUT! VOTE BARNES OVER deal!

All I'm Saying Is...

August 11th, 2010
11:51 am

Classy move but I still would have asked for the recount since the results were within the 1% margin of difference state law requires. Too much time, money, and effort has been expended to do otherwise with plenty of time left to unify around one candidate as voters are focused on back to school matters for the next few weeks and a recount wouldn’t take more than two weeks.

Given the total number of votes cast in Georgia’s GOP primary and runoff, Barnes has a severe uphill battle and no matter how folksy and homespun he tries to spin his lingo, its harder to row against that tidal wave of votes.

And, hopefully, a Palin endorsement is no longer perceived as invincible. State residents ought to be able to make up their own minds no matter who comes to town (be it Palin, Romney, Huckabee, etc.).

pn

August 11th, 2010
11:53 am

Classy–and pragmatic. Now maybe the good ol’ boys in the legislature will put away their pitchforks that they have been happily sharpening to use on Handel and her challenge to their culture of corruption. Not to worry, with Deal as governor money will be flowing under the table like Niagra and Georgia will continue it’s slide into banana republic oblivion.

deegee

August 11th, 2010
11:54 am

If Nathan Deal can control Georgia contracts that easily from Washington, what to do you think he is going to do as governor of the state? Do we really want someone that corrupt overseeing the day to day operations of the entire state of Georgia?

Athens Voter

August 11th, 2010
11:56 am

DannyX

August 11th, 2010
11:57 am

“I think clearly if you look at the record there are some issues of corruption here,”

Karen Handel on Republican nominee for governor Nathan Deal.

Randy

August 11th, 2010
11:57 am

I love how Barnes wants to pin the problems of the economy on the other party when it’s the Dem’s in Washington that have cause these problems nationwide not just in Georgia. If you’re considering Barnes in November do some research on his last term as Governor. Remember Georgia had elected nothing but Democratic Governors for about 150 years running until King Roy alienated most of Georgia and lost to an underfunded and barely (at the time) heard of opponent.

Ol Hummon

August 11th, 2010
11:58 am

Looks like a man of my type will still be putting on the big boy pants in the big Paces Ferry house after Sonny leaves with all his loot.

Insider

August 11th, 2010
11:59 am

The most difficult obstacle has been overcome. The master plan is coming to fruition.

Step 1. Be Lt. Gov.
Step 2. XXXXXXXXXXXX
Step 3. Deal gets indicted, I become Governor
Step 4. Profit!! and (pardon for Deal)

Stupidisnotanexcuse

August 11th, 2010
12:00 pm

Hey Fred, if you want to adhere to Leviticus, don’t pick and choose. Read it all, and worry about yourself first. I am pretty sure you aren’t practicing what you preach, no wait, you do practice what you preach – hate. The list of laws includes many having to do with relationships, from honoring parents (19:3) to loving the aliens who live among the Israelites (19:33-34). To “be holy” has to do with treating other people with justice and mercy, caring for the poor (19:9-10), being honest (19:11-13, 35-36), having respect for elders (19:32), and, in general, acting with moral and ethical integrity.