August 11th, 2010
09:02 AM ET
12 years ago

In Georgia, GOP governor's contest unresolved

Washington (CNN) - No clear winner emerged Tuesday from the hard-fought runoff for the Georgia Republican gubernatorial nomination, setting up a possible recount to settle this GOP contest less than three months before the November election.

Ex-Rep. Nathan Deal leads former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel by 2,489 votes, a margin so small that Handel can demand a recount if it holds. Provisional ballots can still be counted until Thursday, while military and overseas votes are due by the close of business on Friday, Georgia Secretary of State spokesman Matt Carrothers told CNN.

The election will be certified next week and if the margin that separates the two candidates is less than one percent, then the loser can request a recount under state law. Right now, the difference between Deal and Handel is 0.4%.

The national spotlight turned on this race when several potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates weighed in on this race to replace retiring Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue. Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney endorsed Handel, while Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich backed Deal.

The winner of this runoff will face former Gov. Roy Barnes, who was the clear victor in the July Democratic primary.

Filed under: Georgia • Karen Handel • Nathan Deal
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Shawn-Ga

    Both of these canidates will be more than adaquit. As long as we keep Barnes from having another crack at destroying our state! NJ has led the way with what they learned, keep the Democrats out of the governor's seat and you see immediate improvements in your state.

    August 11, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. aneanderthal

    Just saw the latest DJI numbers. I don't know how much more of Obozos "summer of recovery" my 401k can take. People who take responsibility and save for their old age are not his constituents and he and the libs just love screwing them over.

    August 11, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. ST

    When I heard "bring it on" I thought Karen Handel was pretty sure will emerge as the winner, far away that the difference will be noticed easily. It shows now it is not the case.

    August 11, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. bertina

    Hilarious. I can see it now, after the recount Deal comes out ahead.

    August 11, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. Buster

    We are faced with a dilema, famous and worthy Presidents faces are put on our monies. Where can we put obama's picture? Then it came to me, we can put his picture on the welfare monies because before long with him and the demorats in power most of us will be on welfare and having his picture on the money in our wallets, he will be held close to that area where we figure he fits.

    August 11, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. sherry

    Wow! I thought someone important had something to say! Dan Quayle's son needs to look at which party got us into this mess. President Obama is doing a major clean up job. This makes him the worst presdent ever!

    August 11, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. not request a recount

    refreshing, sore losers take note

    August 11, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. rick

    I'll bet that she turns up with a GREAT state government job, if DEAL becomes GOVERNOR. GREAT DEAL GOVERNOR ithink they are trying to pull a fast one, on the people of georgia

    this makes me believe they are both crooks

    August 11, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |