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No winner yet in GOP Governor's runoff

By Ben Roberts - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Runoff election night ended with no winner in the race to pick a Republican nominee for Governor.

With all precincts reporting, former Congressman Nathan Deal held a lead of fewer than 2500 votes over former Secretary of State Karen Handel.  Provisional, overseas, and military ballots have not been counted yet, so news organizations did not call the race, and Deal did not claim victory Tuesday night.

Earlier in the evening, as he watched results come in with supporters at his election night headquarters in Gainesville, Deal promised that Republicans would unite after this bitter runoff battle. "I think that Republicans are going to want to take a deep breath after this primary and runoff and then when they do, I think they're going to come together, and we're going to have a very strong and united front in November.  We look forward to that," Deal said.

Since the race is so close, the losing candidate could request a recount.  Whichever candidate ends up winning will face former Democratic Governor Roy Barnes in the general election.

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