Georgia's 9th congressional district special election, 2010

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Georgia's 9th congressional district special election, 2010
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← 2008 June 8, 2010 2010 →
Candidate Tom Graves Lee Hawkins
Party Republican Republican
Popular vote 22,684 17,499
Percentage 56.5 43.5

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Representative before election

Nathan Deal

Elected Representative

Tom Graves

The 2010 special election for the 9th congressional district of Georgia was held on May 11, 2010 to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Republican U.S. Representative Nathan Deal, who wished to concentrate on his campaign for Governor of Georgia. As no candidate received a majority in the special election, a runoff was held on June 8, 2010. The special election had originally been scheduled for April 27, but was postponed for the benefit of military and overseas voters.[1]


Nathan Deal announced he was running for governor on May 1, 2009,[2] and announced on March 1 that he would resign from Congress effective March 8 to pursue his candidacy.[3] He was, however, persuaded to postpone his resignation until after voting on the Senate health care reform bill and health care reconciliation bill.[4] On March 21, less than 10 minutes after the final vote, he officially resigned.[5]


The following candidates have qualified for the ballot:[6]




  • Eugene Moon, marketing manager for Gainesville Welding and Rendering Equipment Inc.

Primary Results[edit]

2010 Georgia 9th Special Primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Graves 18,307 35.4
Republican Lee Hawkins 12,003 23.2
Republican Steve Tarvin 7,939 15.3
Republican Chris Cates 6,132 11.8
Democratic Mike Freeman 2,887 5.6
Republican Bill Stephens 2,083 4.0
Republican Bert Loftman 1,292 2.5
Independent Eugene Moon 1,123 2.2

Run-off Results[edit]

No candidate won a majority of votes on May 11, so a runoff election was held between the two leading candidates, Lee Hawkins and Tom Graves.[7]

2010 Georgia 9th Special Run-off
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Graves 22,684 56.5
Republican Lee Hawkins 17,499 43.5


  1. ^ "Ga. special election moved to May". Politico. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Bill Torpy (August 1, 2009). "Congressman Deal steps up for governor's race". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Georgia GOP Rep. Nathan Deal leaving House for governor race". Boston Herald. March 1, 2010. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ Montopoli, Brian (March 4, 2010). "GOP Rep. Nathan Deal Postpones Retirement to Fight Health Bill". CBS News. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  5. ^ 2010 Congressional Record, Vol. 156, Page H2169 and H2170
  6. ^ "Qualified Candidates for Congressional District 9". Georgia Secretary of State. April 29, 2010. Archived from the original on April 4, 2010. Retrieved April 29, 2010. 
  7. ^ "6/8/2010 - Summary". Retrieved 2010-08-21.