2010 Georgia state elections

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United States Senate[edit]

United States Senate election in Georgia, 2010[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Johnny Isakson (Incumbent) 1,489,904 58.31% +0.43%
Democratic Michael Thurmond 996,516 39.00% -0.98%
Libertarian Chuck Donovan 68,750 2.69% +0.55%
Independent Steve Davis (write-in) 52 0.00% N/A
Independent Raymond Beckworth (write-in) 24 0.00% N/A
Independent Brian Russell Brown (write-in) 12 0.00% N/A
Majority 493,388 19.31%
Total votes 2,555,258 100.00%
Republican hold Swing

United States House of Representatives[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia, 2010
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Republican 1,528,142 61.90% 8 +1
Democratic 940,347 38.09% 5 -1
Write-in 191 0.01% 0

Governor[edit]

Incumbent Governor Sonny Perdue (R) was ineligible to seek re-election due to term limits. The Republican primary featured four candidates who received over 15% of the vote in the first round: former Secretary of State Karen Handel, former U.S. Representative Nathan Deal, former Georgia State Senator Eric Johnson, and Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine.[2] Handel, Deal, and Johnson all resigned their offices during or shortly before the campaign. Because no candidate received a majority of the vote, the race went to a runoff between the top two candidates, Handel and Deal.

Republican gubernatorial primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Karen Handel 231,990 34.1
Republican Nathan Deal 155,946 22.9
Republican Eric Johnson 136,792 20.1
Republican John Oxendine 115,421 17.0
Republican Jeff Chapman 20,636 3.0
Republican Ray McBerry 17,171 2.5
Republican Otis Putnam 2,543 0.4
Total votes 680,499 100

Deal won the runoff narrowly, with a margin of about 0.4%, or 2,519 votes out of 579,551 cast.[3] The Democratic nomination was won easily by former Governor Roy Barnes without a runoff; his most prominent opponent was Attorney General Thurbert Baker.[4]

Republican gubernatorial primary runoff results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Nathan Deal 291,035 50.2
Republican Karen Handel 288,516 49.8
Total votes 579,551 100
Democratic gubernatorial primary results[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Roy Barnes 259,482 65.6
Democratic Thurbert Baker 85,571 21.6
Democratic David Poythress 21,780 5.5
Democratic DuBose Porter 17,767 4.5
Democratic Carl Camon 4,170 1.1
Democratic Bill Bolton 3,573 0.9
Democratic Randy Mangham 3,124 0.8
Total votes 395,497 100

In the general election, Deal defeated Barnes, becoming just the third Republican to be elected Governor of Georgia, after Perdue and Reconstruction-era governor Rufus Bullock.

Gubernatorial general election results, 2010[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Nathan Deal 1,365,832 53.02% -4.93%
Democratic Roy Barnes 1,107,011 42.97% +4.75%
Libertarian John Monds 103,194 4.01% +0.17%
Write-ins 124 0.00%
Majority 258,821 10.05% -9.68%
Turnout 2,576,161
Republican hold Swing

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Incumbent Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle (R) was seeking reelection. Carol Porter won the Democratic nomination.

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Secretary of State[edit]

Incumbent Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R), who succeeded Karen Handel (R) after she resigned to focus on her gubernatorial bid,[7] sought election to a full term and won the Republican primary on July 20. Georganna Sinkfield defeated Gail Buckner in a runoff for the Democratic nomination.

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Attorney General[edit]

Incumbent Attorney General of Georgia Thurbert Baker (D) retired from his position to run for Governor of Georgia. Ken Hodges won the Democratic nomination, while Sam Olens defeated Preston W. Smith in a runoff for the Republican nomination.

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State School Superintendent[edit]

Incumbent Superintendent of Education Kathy Cox (R) originally intended to seek re-election, but on May 17 announced that she would resign effective July 1, 2010 in order to take a position as CEO of a new non-profit, the U.S. Education Delivery Institute in Washington D.C.[10] William Bradley Bryant was appointed by Gov. Perdue to fill the vacancy,[11] but failed to qualify to run in the November election as an independent.[12] Joe Martin and John D. Barge won the Democratic and Republican nominations, respectively.

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Commissioner of Insurance[edit]

Incumbent Commissioner of Insurance John Oxendine (R) is retiring from his position to run for Governor of Georgia. Ralph Hudgens defeated Maria Sheffield in a runoff for the Republican nomination, while Mary Squires was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

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Commissioner of Agriculture[edit]

Incumbent Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin (D) is retiring in 2010.[15] Gary Black won the Republican nomination, while J. B. Powell was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

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Commissioner of Labor[edit]

Incumbent Commissioner of Labor Mike Thurmond (D) is retiring from his position to run for the United States Senate. Darryl Hicks narrowly won the Democratic nomination, according to unofficial results, while Mark Butler easily won the Republican nomination.

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Georgia Public Service Commission[edit]

In 2010, one seat on the Georgia Public Service Commission will be up for election. Though candidates must come from the districts that they wish to represent on the commission, they are elected statewide.

Public Service Commissioner District 2[edit]

Incumbent second District Public Service Commissioner Bobby Baker (R) is retiring.[18] Tim Echols defeated John Douglas in a runoff for the Republican nomination, while Keith Moffett was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

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Georgia General Assembly[edit]

Georgia Senate[edit]

Georgia House of Representatives[edit]

Judiciary[edit]

One seat on the Supreme Court of Georgia (contested), four on the Georgia Court of Appeals (one contested), and 58 on the Georgia Superior Courts (one contested) will be up for election. All judicial elections in Georgia are officially non-partisan.

Ballot measures[edit]

Two measures, both legislatively referred constitutional amendments, will be on the ballot: the Trauma Care Funding Amendment (Impose $10 fee on car registration; funds directed to trauma care centers) and the Employment Contract Enforcement Amendment (Allow the enforcement of contracts that restrict competition during or after the term of employment).

References[edit]

  1. ^ 11/2/2010 - United States Senator, Isakson
  2. ^ a b "Official Results of the Tuesday, July 20, 2010 General Primary Election [Governor, Republican]". Georgia Election Results. Georgia Secretary of State. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Official Results of the Tuesday, August 10, 2010 Primary Election Runoff (Governor, Republican)". Georgia Election Results. Georgia Secretary of State. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Official Results of the Tuesday, July 20, 2010 General Primary Election [Governor, Democratic]". Georgia Election Results. Georgia Secretary of State. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Official Results of the Tuesday, November 02, 2010 General Election [Governor]". Georgia Election Results. Georgia Secretary of State. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  6. ^ http://www.thegreenpapers.com/G10/GA
  7. ^ Governor Appoints Brian Kemp Secretary of State Archived 2010-05-27 at the Wayback Machine (Press release).
  8. ^ http://www.thegreenpapers.com/G10/GA
  9. ^ http://www.thegreenpapers.com/G10/GA
  10. ^ Carolyn Crist (17 May 2010). "Cox leaving state's top education post". Gainesville Times. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  11. ^ The Blackshear Times: Bryant a good choice as state’s interim school superintendent
  12. ^ "AJC: It's official: Brad Bryant will not run for state school superintendent". Archived from the original on 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2010-07-21.
  13. ^ http://www.thegreenpapers.com/G10/GA
  14. ^ http://www.thegreenpapers.com/G10/GA
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2010-05-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ http://www.thegreenpapers.com/G10/GA
  17. ^ http://www.thegreenpapers.com/G10/GA
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-01. Retrieved 2010-05-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-29. Retrieved 2010-05-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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