The morning after the primary run-off, Georgia Republicans came out fighting, gearing up for November’s general election.
Governor Nathan Deal accused his opponent, Jason Carter and Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn of running on their family names. “Our opponents are going all around the country raising money because they have good names, and I don’t have a problem with that,” said Deal. “But you know, we believe a candidate ought to stand on their own record, on their own priorities, and the things they have demonstrated that they can do.”
Businessman David Perdue came out on top against Congressman Jack Kingston in Tuesday night’s tight runoff race for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination, making the Savannah congressman the third and final sitting House member to fall to the political newcomer.
The results went back and forth between Perdue and Kingston well into the night, with a clear winner looking doubtful at times. But in the end Perdue edged out the 22-year-veteran lawmaker with just over 50 percent of the vote.
Former U.S. Representative and Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr kept supporters waiting at his run-off party until a bit after 9 PM Tuesday. Even though he was trailing by some 30%, Barr put on a hopeful face, citing returns coming in slowly from Cobb County.
“We don’t want to make any announcements based on partial numbers,” he told the crowd. “We want to see what the actual numbers are, and there are still a lot that are coming in.”
Despite his strong name recognition, Barr’s hopes to return to Congress were dashed.
With over 98% of the vote counted, this will be the final update for tonight. We understand that the winner of the incredibly close Republican race for state school superintendent will not be decided tonight because of a problem with counting the votes in Muscogee County (Columbus).
Below are the most recent numbers we have for both statewide and the local races we have been following.
On behalf of the WABE news team, thank you for joining us this evening.
For today's primary runoff election, we have brought back our voters' guides for the state school superintendent's position as well as for the three DeKalb County school board posts that are still contested.
There are some changes in polling places for tomorrow’s run-off election.
Fulton County is changing nine of its locations; the changed polling places are in several areas of the county. DeKalb County is making last-minute changes due to lack of air conditioning at two of its regular precincts.
Brookview Elementary changes to Woodland Middle School, 2845 Stone Road.
Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens issued a statement Tuesday responding to questions about whether his office withheld a 2012 memo written by Holly LaBerge, the current head of the state ethics commission. In the document, which was entitled "Memorandum of Record," LaBerge gave her version of conversations with Gov. Nathan Deal's chief counsel Ryan Teague, and his chief of staff, Chris Riley.
Fallout continues from the surprise allegations of state ethics commission chief Holly LaBerge, who claimed Monday two top aides of Gov. Nathan Deal pressured her to settle an ethics investigation into his 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
Tuesday, Deal defended his lead attorney, Ryan Teague, and chief of staff, Chris Riley. LaBerge alleges Teague threatened her to resolve Deal’s ethics case or else a legislative priority of her commission wouldn’t happen.
Gov. Nathan Deal and the attorney general's office face new questions in an ongoing saga involving the state ethics commission. The commission chief Monday alleged a top Deal aide threatened her in order to settle an investigation into Deal’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
Ethics commission chief Holly LaBerge said Deal’s executive counsel, Ryan Teague, called her personal cell phone in July of 2012 and issued the threat.
Republican U.S. Senate candidates Jack Kingston and David Perdue squared off Sunday in a heated televised debate. The Atlanta Press Club debate is only time the two will face off before next week’s primary runoff.
During the debate, Kingston painted Perdue as an untested elitist who is inaccessible and out of touch with average Georgians.
An internal memo surfaced Monday alleging top ranking officials in Gov. Nathan Deal’s office pressured the current state ethics commission chief to settle an investigation into Deal’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
Ethics commission director Holly LaBerge wrote the memo, which was first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and later obtained by WABE. The PDF can be found here.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter outraised Gov. Nathan Deal by about $750,000 in the latest three-month filing period.
Political observers note it’s rare for a challenger to outraise an incumbent governor. They say it’s a sign the race between Deal and the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter will stay close until November’s election.
A joint meeting Tuesday between the Atlanta City Council and board members of Atlanta Public Schools ended with both sides acknowledging the need to solve a contract dispute over Atlanta BeltLine debt.
The solution, however, remains unclear.
APS says it’s due millions for giving up a portion of its property tax money for the BeltLine, but the city disputes the school system's figures.
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced that 44,342 people throughout the state have voted in advance of July 22nd's general primary runoff election through early voting or through vote-by-mail as of today. Cobb and DeKalb counties have had the largest number of early voters so far.
Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January 2010. Among the offices wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting secure, accessible and fair elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders.
Georgia’s 11th Congressional District covers parts of four counties in the suburbs north of Atlanta. With less than a month before the Republican run-off, the race for the 11th District seat is getting ugly.
A former candidate is questioning a current candidate’s military record. And that candidate’s spokesman says his candidate’s run-off opponent, is behind the whole thing.
The Atlanta City Council is expected to finalize a budget for the upcoming fiscal year Monday. No tax hikes are expected. City revenues are on the upswing due to the recovering economy.
But a few issues remain unresolved.
Among them, Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration needs to fill a $5 million budget hole. To do that, Reed originally planned to retire the Eastside Tax Allocation District, which is designed to help spur redevelopment in a part of downtown including the Sweet Auburn neighborhood.
Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Price says he won't be among those jockeying to replace outgoing Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor as House Majority Leader.
After a stunning primary election defeat to Tea Party-backed candidate David Brat Tuesday, Cantor yesterday announced he'd be stepping down from the position in July, prompting a flurry of speculation as to who might replace him. Price was considered by many to be on the short list of contenders for the spot.
Polls show Georgia’s gubernatorial race is a dead heat between Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter. Recently, a former Georgia mayor started a Facebook group called Republicans for Jason Carter. But does either candidate have enough crossover appeal to steal votes from the other party?