Washington (CNN) – The Republican Governors Association is launching a campaign targeting Georgia gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes, a Democrat, over his career as a lawyer.
The campaign centerpiece is a website, www.1888KingRoy.com, which plays off the trial lawyer meme, urging site visitors to "Act fast!" and "Call now!"
"Roy Barnes may have failed as a governor, but there's no doubting that he's thrived as a trial lawyer," said RGA spokesman Chris Schrimpf.
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.
Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) - Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes is a step closer to his goal of winning back his old job.
Barnes Tuesday easily won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. But Barneswill have to wait until next month to find out who his Republican opponent will be in November's general election.
With 98 percent of precincts reporting, the Georgia Secretary of State's web page indicated that Barnes had captured 65.8 percent of the primary vote, with state Attorney General Thurbert Baker at 21.7 percent. Five other Democratic gubernatorial candidates were in the single digits.
"Tonight is the beginning to take our state back from the lobbyists and the special interests," Barnes told a crowd of supporters Tuesday night in Atlanta.
Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) - Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes has won his state's Democratic gubernatorial nomination, according to a projection by the Associated Press. But it appears Barnes will have to wait until next month to find out who his Republican opponent will be in November's general election.
With 74 percent of precincts reporting, an unofficial count of the primary contests by AP indicated that Barnes had captured 63.8 percent of the vote, with state Attorney General Thurbert Baker at 21.5 percent. Five other Democratic gubernatorial candidates were in the single digits.
Barnes appeared to be looking to the general election even before Tuesday's primary. Over the weekend he surprised some by saying he would sign an Arizona-style immigration bill if elected governor.
By grabbing more than 50 percent of the vote, Barnes avoids a runoff contest on August 10.