Deal wins Republican nomination

Published 5:51 pm Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Nathan Deal won the Republican gubernatorial nomination late Tuesday over Karen Handel, winning by a slim 2,431 votes cast statewide.

The Georgia Secretary of State’s office reports that with 99 percent of the precincts reporting, Deal received 290,614 votes, or 50.2 percent, to Handel’s 288,183 votes, or 49.8 percent.

In Decatur County, Deal received 369 votes, or 51.61 percent, to Handel’s 346 votes, or 48.39 percent.

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Handel conceded to Deal Wednesday morning, despite an unknown number of absentee ballots and overseas military votes yet to be counted.

Deal will face former Gov. Roy Barnes, who won the July 20 primary election with 65.6 percent of vote statewide, avoiding a run-off despite a crowded seven-person field.

The general election is Nov. 2.

There were no local elections at stake in Tuesday voting. Furthermore, there was only an 8 percent voter turnout in Decatur County.

The only Democratic run-off election was for Secretary of State, which was won by Georganna Sinkfield, who won with 61.9 percent of the vote, or 62,350 votes, over Gail Buckner, who had 38,324 votes, or 38.1 percent.

Sinkfield will face incumbent Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican.

In the Republican Attorney General run-off, Sam Olens will face Democrat Ken Hodges in the general election.

Olens won the state with 299,288 votes, or 58.9 percent, to Preston W. Smith’s 208,981 votes, or 41.1 percent.

In Decatur County, Olens received 288 votes, or 45.3 percent, to Smith’s 347 votes, or 54.6 percent. Olens will face Democrat Ken Hodges in November.

For the state insurance commissioner Republican run-off, Ralph T. Hudgens won with 55.3 percent, or 284,189 votes, over Maria Sheffield, who had 230,165 votes, or 44.7 percent.

Hudgens received 523 votes, or 76.35 percent, over Sheffield’s 162 votes, or 23.65 percent, in Decatur County.

Hudgens will face Mary Squires in the general election.

For the Public Service Commission race, Tim Echols received 247,974 votes, or 52.3 percent, over John Douglas’ 226,039 votes, or 47.7 percent.

The trend was reversed in Decatur County, where Douglas received 315 votes, or 51.7 percent, to Echols’ 294 votes, or 48.28 percent. Echols will face Keith Moffett in November.