Georgia Primary Runoff – Tuesday
Tomorrow will bring yet another conclusion to a hard fought primary battle, as the 2010 campaign to take back the American government continues. The runoff to determine who will face Democrat Roy Barnes in the election for governor of Georgia has been portrayed as a de facto fight among leaders of the Republican party, with Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin on the side of Karen Handel, and Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee backing her opponent, Nathan Deal. This race in Georgia is not about the high profile endorsements it has attracted. It is about the state of Georgia, which along with the rest of the country has been hit by high unemployment, slow economic growth, and the prospect of a massive federal tax hike as the Obama administration refuses to seek the extension of the Bush tax cuts.
As the state of Georgia seeks the best leadership on the Republican side to lead at the state level where the administration refuses to lead nationally, polling shows Karen Handel with the narrow advantage in her bid to follow up on her first primary victory in July. Mason Dixon Polling & Research shows Handel leading Deal with a five point advantage, 47-42. This is not a poor position for Handel, but with neither candidate holding a majority, this race can still be taken by either candidate in the final hours.