Deal Leads Handel in Tight Contest in Georgia
by Charles Lemos, Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 12:02:20 AM EDT
I'll have a complete wrap up later but as of now Linda McMahon has won the GOP Senate nod in Connecticut, while Dannel Malloy, the former mayor of Stamford, defeated Ned Lamont for the Democratic Governor's nomination. Michael Bennet outlasted Andrew Romanoff in the Colorado Democratic Senate primary while the other races in Colorado remain to close to call. The Tea Party back candidates Ken Buck and Dan Maes are however both leading their respective races with above 75 percent of the precincts reporting. In Minnesota, the DFL primary for Governor remains too close to call with Margaret Anderson Kelliher edging Mark Dayton with 76 percent of the vote in.
In Georgia, the GOP gubernatorial run-off Congressman Nathan Deal has a small lead in a razor close contest over Karen Handel, the former Secretary of State. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Deal received 292,007 votes to Handel's 289,576 though no winner has yet been called. Absentee ballots remain to be counted and given the less than one percent margin, an automatic recount will be triggered.
Handel had been endorsed by Sarah Palin while Deal drew endorsements from Mick Huckabee and Newt Gingrich. The winner faces Democrat Roy Barnes in the Fall.