Washington (CNN) - Add Democrat Roy Barnes to the list of former governors coming a step closer to winning their old jobs back.
Tuesday Barnes, a former one term Georgia governor, easily captured his party's nomination, winning nearly two-thirds of the vote in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.
Barnes won the office in 1998, but was defeated in his 2002 re-election bid by Republican Sonny Purdue, who is now term limited and prevented from running for re-election this year. Barnes will face off in November against either former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel or former Rep. Nathan Deal, who meet in an August 10 runoff.
On June 8, Jerry Brown easily won California's Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Brown, the state's attorney general, served for two terms as governor from 1975-1983. The same day Terry Branstad captured Iowa's gubernatorial nomination. Branstad previously served four terms as governor, from 1983 to 1999.
In May, former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, won his party's gubernatorial nomination.
Robert Ehrlich is expected to join the list in September, when Maryland holds its primary. The former governor is considered the presumptive GOP gubernatorial nominee. Ehlrich will face off against incumbent Gov. Martin O'Malley, who defeated Ehrlich in his 2006 bid for re-election for a second term.
Will this "back to the future" push by former governors seeking to reclaim their old offices have legs come November?
"Even in an anti-establishment political environment, some former officeholders will be appealing to voters, especially if they served in good economic times and can trumpet competence and past results," says Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of the non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report.
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