Nathan Deal moves up to the next level in the race for Governor of Georgia as Mrs. Karen Handel conceded the race to him after a very close primary run-off election yesterday. She expresses her appreciation to her supporters; and then gives her support to Nathan Deal in the statement below.
In the primary run-off here in Georgia last night, the votes were too close to call. Nathan Deal had a very narrow margin over Ms. Handel with votes from various places still to be counted. Ms. Handel had broad support in Atlanta and in the metro-counties; but it seemed to be the accumulation of all the votes in the smaller precincts that put Deal ahead.
There was suspicion of Ms. Handel’s concession when she declined to appear on a local TV morning show. Both Democratic contender Roy Barnes; and Nathan Deal appeared. Then the announcement first came from Lori Geary of WSB-TV News via Twitter before it was publicly broadcasted.
This was a passionately fought race, and the results show that Republicans in the state had particular agendas regarding who they voted for; and news media indicated on several occasions that the GOP was fractured. That was a matter of opinion or conjecture.
For most it just indicated that Republicans were ‘gung ho’ to vote for a Republican – not only into the governors’ offices across the US – but in every other race as well.
The Tea Party folks are but one expression of how tired voters are of the “changes” in Washington which has caused many to lose “hope.”
In her concession speech Karen Handel called on all Georgians to get behind Nathan Deal in the upcoming November election. Below is her statement made this morning.
“I want to thank all of my friends, supporters, volunteers and my campaign team for a tremendous effort over the last 16 months. We ran a terrific campaign, beat the odds to come in first place in the Primary, and came so very close in the runoff election.
As of this morning, we are four tenths of a percentage point behind Nathan Deal with absentee ballots and overseas military votes yet to be counted.
We certainly have the option of requesting the automatic statewide recount. But we are not going to do that.
The best thing for our party is to rally around Congressman Deal as our nominee in the fight against Roy Barnes.
Barnes would return Georgia to a past that is best kept in our rearview mirror. We must marshal all of our resources to defeat him.
I spoke with Nathan this morning and let him know that I endorse his candidacy and look forward to the fight against Barnes. I have also called on all who were supporting me to give their same commitment and energy to Nathan.
I thank the people of Georgia for the opportunity to serve them and for allowing me to interview for the job of Governor. This was an amazing journey, and the friendships that Steve and I made enriched our lives immeasurably. I look forward to finding a way to serve this great state in the future,” the statement concluded. Source: WSB-TV
Congratulations to Ms. Handel in her willingness to run for the highest office in the state of Georgia and her stateswoman decision to concede; and get behind another member of her party.
Below, your comments and best wishes for Ms. Handel in the future will be welcomed. Your congratulations to Mr. Deal will also be welcomed. The race was tough; but they have only “just begun.”
For all results on yesterday’s primary run-off go to the Secretary of State’s site at: http://www.sos.ga.gov/
According to the Fayette County Voters Registration, there are 76,980 registered voters – both active and inactive – in Fayette County, Georgia, with a turn out of 12,370 who cast votes yesterday in the Primary Run-off. The population of the county is in excess of 100,000 citizens.. Perhaps there are not enough voters who are “gung ho” after all.
What a shame on our county not to exercise their right to vote especially when that right came at the cost of so many lives. Our soldiers are still dying for our liberties; and for those in Iraq and Afghanistan. To not vote is just un-American. What is going to happen when enough people with real anti-American feelings out vote traditional Americans? It would truly be a shame for them to use our Constitutional rights to overthrow our country.
Those in Iraq traveled miles by foot and other slow modes of transportation to enjoy their new freedom won for them by the US Military. Many of our soldiers gave their lives for them to be able to vote. Millions here in America have also done the same for the right to vote here. Women and African Americans had to work hard for many years to get the right to vote.
Those here in America, who do not vote in this country, should hang their heads in shame.