Georgia gubernatorial election, 2002

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Georgia gubernatorial election of 2002
Georgia (U.S. state)
← 1998 November 5, 2002 2006 →
  Sonny Perdue at rally.jpg Governor Roy Barnes.jpg
Nominee Sonny Perdue Roy Barnes
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,041,677 937,062
Percentage 51.3% 46.2%

County Results

Governor before election

Roy Barnes

Elected Governor

Sonny Perdue

The 2002 Georgia Gubernatorial Election was held on November 5, 2002. Incumbent Democratic Governor of Georgia Roy Barnes sought a second term as governor. State Senator Sonny Perdue emerged as the Republican nominee from a crowded and hotly contested primary, and he faced off against Barnes, who had faced no opponents in his primary election, in the general election. Though Barnes had been nicknamed "King Roy" due to his unique ability to get his legislative priorities passed, he faced a backlash among Georgia voters due to his proposal to change the state flag. Ultimately, Perdue was able to oust Barnes as governor and became the first Republican to serve as governor of the state since Reconstruction.

Democratic primary[edit]



Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Roy Barnes (inc.) 434,892 100.00
Total votes 434,892 100.00

Republican primary[edit]



Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Sonny Perdue 259,966 50.83
Republican Linda Schrenko 142,911 27.94
Republican Bill Byrne 108,586 21.23
Total votes 511,463 100.00

General election[edit]


Georgia gubernatorial election, 2002[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Sonny Perdue 1,041,677 51.42% +7.34%
Democratic Roy Barnes (Incumbent) 937,062 46.25% -6.24%
Libertarian Garrett Michael Hayes 47,122 2.33% -1.11%
Majority 104,615 5.16% -3.25%
Turnout 2,025,861
Republican gain from Democratic Swing

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