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Inaugural Events Canceled

Snow forces GA Inaugural Events Canceled

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials in charge of Governor.-elect Nathan Deal's inauguration have canceled a Monday prayer breakfast and a celebration at Philips Arena because of a looming ice and snow storm.

Deal's Inaugural Committee said "all nonessential inaugural activities have been canceled for Monday."

The new governor and other constitutional officers will take the oath of office at 2:30 p.m. Monday inside the Capitol.

Deal encouraged Georgians to stay off the roads and watch the ceremony on Georgia Public Television or on the Internet.

Tickets purchased for the inaugural celebration will be refunded.

The GOP is set to complete a historic sweep in Georgia as Republicans are sworn in to every statewide office Monday.

A severe winter storm barreling into the state forced officials to move Monday's inauguration from the state Capitol steps inside to the shelter of the House chamber.

Georgia Republicans won every statewide elected office in November's general election and have also gained seats in the state Legislature completing a political transformation in the state that began in 2002.

Deal, who was elected governor with 53 percent of the vote, will be sworn in as Georgia's 82nd governor, replacing Sonny Perdue who's barred by term limits from seeking a third term.

 Georgia is expected to be hit with up to 6 inches of snow beginning Sunday night.

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