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Deal or No Deal? That's still the question

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ALBANY,  GA (WALB) – It's just too close to call. 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 holds the lead Wednesday morning with fewer than 2500 votes over former Secretary of State Karen Handel. Now the wait is on for results from uncounted ballots.

It was a long night for voters watching and waiting for results and a really long night for the two Republican candidates, Karen Handel and Nathan Deal. Deal is in the lead for now but they still have to wait for provisional, overseas, and military ballots to come in and be counted.

So the former Congressman didn't claim victory Tuesday night but he did watch results come in with crowd of enthusiastic supporters at his election night headquarters in Gainesville. He and his wife thanked the patient crowd toward the end of the night for all their support and said he's encouraged by the lead he has over his opponent Karen Handel.

"Thank you to all of you for all that you've done. This has been a great night for us. We look forward to seeing the conclusion of it in the very near future," said Nathan Deal, Republican Gubernatorial Candidate.

Karen Handel had quite the crowd of fans and supporters over at a hotel in Buckhead Tuesday night. They were hoping to celebrate her becoming the first woman nominated for Georgia Governor by a major party, but instead the night ended with Handel down almost 2500 votes. It's still too close to call though.

Earlier Tuesday night a Raycom News Network reporter talked to her about her goals for the state if provisional ballots change the election results in her favor.

"We must have comprehensive sweeping changes to our tax code so we can pull down income tax rates, come up a bit on sales tax make sure we put a greater emphasis on small business, entrepreneurs," said Karen Handel, Republican Gubernatorial Candidate.

It's been a long and bitter runoff campaign full of pretty brutal campaign ads and multiple visits across the state by both candidates.

But Tuesday night Deal promised that Republicans would unite after this runoff battle and come together and support each other in the November general election.

Some half a million people turned out to vote in the runoff in Georgia. And since the race is still 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 in November.

 
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