July 20th, 2010
09:55 PM ET
4 years ago

Barnes wins Democratic gubernatorial nod, avoids runoff

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.

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