Georgia voters will select between three Republicans in the race for governor May 20: incumbent Nathan Deal, former Dalton Mayor David Pennington and State School Superintendent John Barge. Barge is abandoning his own re-election bid to run for governor. He told GPB recently Georgia’s gains on college-entrance exams, national assessments and the graduation rate will suffer if state leaders don’t restore years of cuts in education funding.
Former Dalton Mayor David Pennington is one of two Republicans challenging Gov. Nathan Deal in this month’s primary. Pennington has been running the north Georgia town known as the “carpet capital of the world” for six years. He’s been widely called a Tea Party candidate in this primary. But he told GPB recently he doesn’t agree with that label.
If there can be said to be a front-runner in the GOP primary for Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat, it might be Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Savannah). The 11-term congressman has so far raised the most money in the race to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss. In an interview with GPB in late December, Kingston called himself the “consensus conservative” in the race.
Former Secretary of State Karen Handel is a familiar name to many Georgians. She won that statewide race and gave Gov. Nathan Deal a close contest in 2010. Now she’s hoping to capitalize on the statewide name recognition and base of support in the crowded Republican primary for Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat. Handel told GPB people want someone in Washington they trust who is a problem-solver.
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) is part of a crowded GOP field that hopes to replace Saxby Chambliss and keep Georgia’s Senate seat in Republican hands. He says his record in the House shows he will protect traditional, conservative values in the Senate. This continues a series of conversations this week with GOP Senate candidates.
The primary race for Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat heats up in the first weeks of 2014 with the election looming May 20. For Rep. Paul Broun (R-Athens), the race is all about liberty. This is the first of a series of conversations this week with GOP Senate candidates as the campaign kicks into high gear.
Tuesday may not have seemed like an election day, but voters across the state filled local offices and three vacant General Assembly seats. Northwest Georgia insurance agent and entrepreneur Bruce Thompson, former Gwinnett County prosecutor Chuck Efstration and retired Army lieutenant Brian Prince secured seats in the state legislature.
State Sen. Jason Carter (D-Atlanta) will challenge Gov. Nathan Deal in the 2014 election. The 38-year-old is the grandson of Jimmy Carter, who also served in the state Senate before ascending to the governor’s office and the presidency. The Atlanta Democrat told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday he will make a formal announcement Thursday.
Three special elections Tuesday for Georgia’s General Assembly head to runoffs next month after no candidate won more than 50 percent of the votes. A fourth race included just one candidate. He wins by default.
Macon voters are going to the polls Tuesday to decide a runoff election between Mayor Robert Reichert and challenger C. Jack Ellis, a former Macon mayor. Reichert and Ellis were the top vote-getters in a Sept. 17 election, setting up Tuesday's runoff.