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Georgia: Battle for the Statehouse

Incumbent: Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) is term-limited

Democrat: Former Gov. Roy Barnes

Republican: Former Rep. Nathan Deal

2008 Presidential Result: Obama 47%; McCain 52%

55+ Population (2009 estimate): 20.8%

Overview: This race is one place where the Tea Party and former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin failed to deliver in the GOP primary. Nathan Deal squeaked by Karen Handel, a former secretary of state, by less than 1 percent of the vote. Handel had been the darling of Palin and the Tea Partiers. Deal was endorsed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, also of Georgia, and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Despite the divisive primary, Deal has a slight edge over Roy Barnes in this very conservative state, but the election is expected to be very close.

50+ Facts: Check the latest economic statistics and details on the state budget deficit.

Fun Fact: The Republican Governors Association has a website,, trying to tie Barnes to President Obama.

'Wild Card' Issue: The sexual coercion lawsuit against Bishop Eddie Long, a prominent African American supporter of Barnes. Long hosted a fundraiser for Barnes and donated $5,000 personally. The allegations came from four young men who charged that Long pressured them into homosexual acts by showering them with gifts and setting them up in apartments.

Introduction: Governors' Races Hold High Stakes for the Future

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