Palin's Pick Comes Out on Top in Georgia

More

In yesterday's Georgia primaries, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel led the race for the Republican nominee for governor. She received 33 percent of the vote while former Rep. Nathan Deal got 23 percent. Since neither emerged with more than half the votes, the two will enter a runoff scheduled for August 10.

Handel received two late-in-the-game endorsements, one from Sarah Palin, who labeled Handel a "Mama Grizzly," and the other from Arizona governor and anti-immigration icon Jan Brewer. The latter endorsement was important because, as Hotline OnCall's Dan Roem points out, Deal ran primarily on his tough stance on immigration:

Deal touted his legislative record on [immigration] during his TV ads and made blatant appeals to the GOP electorate's distaste for gay rights, particularly Handel's perceived past stances on adoption and partner benefits. He accused Handel of flipping on each subject and earlier hammered her for donating money to a Log Cabin GOP group.

While Brewer's backing gave extra credence to Handel's immigration platform, Palin's endorsement might have reassured voters of Handel's conservative bonafides, dispelling worries about her past support for gay rights, as well as abortion in the case of rape and incest.

In the Democratic primary, former Gov. Roy Barnes defeated Bill Clinton-endorsed Thurbert Baker with 66 percent of the vote. Barnes is considered a strong enough candidate to spark hopes that Democrats could retake the governor's mansion for the first time since 2002, when he lost it to Sonny Perdue.  

Jump to comments
Presented by

Nicole Allan is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Why Are Americans So Bad at Saving Money?

The US is particularly miserable at putting aside money for the future. Should we blame our paychecks or our psychology?


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The Death of Film

You'll never hear the whirring sound of a projector again.

Video

How to Hunt With Poison Darts

A Borneo hunter explains one of his tribe's oldest customs: the art of the blowpipe

Video

A Delightful, Pixar-Inspired Cartoon

An action figure and his reluctant sidekick trek across a kitchen in search of treasure.

Video

I Am an Undocumented Immigrant

"I look like a typical young American."

Video

Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion

Writers

Up
Down

More in Politics

Just In