Wed., July 21, 2010 5:51pm (EDT)

After Elections, Campaigning Continues
By Alexandria Jud and Edgar Treiguts
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Ga. voters will return to the polls on Aug. 10 for the runoff races.
Ga. voters will return to the polls on Aug. 10 for the runoff races.
The campaigning continues for many candidates who failed to bring in more than 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary elections.

In the GOP chase for governor, Karen Handel and Nathan Deal advance to a runoff Aug. 10th.

The winner of the face-off will challenge Democratic nominee Roy Barnes in the fall.

Handel earned 34 percent of the vote to Deal’s 23 percent, an advantage that Handel believes will help for next month’s voting.

Handel also says she’ll look for endorsements from her other opponents, like Eric Johnson and John Oxendine.

Again on the GOP side, the Attorney General race will hold a runoff between Republicans Sam Olens and Preston Smith. The winner will face Democrat Ken Hodges in November.

Two GOP hopefuls for Insurance Commissioner are headed to a runoff. State Sen. Ralph Hudgens and attorney Maria Sheffield remain in the race, with the winner to go up against Democrat Mary Squires in the fall.

In the Secretary of State race, Sen. Gail Buckner and state Rep. Georganna Sinkfield were the top finishers in a crowded Democratic field.

The winner of that runoff will face Republican Brian Kemp who will try to defend his seat after his appointment in January.