Karen Handel concedes to Nathan Deal
11:35 AM, Aug 11, 2010 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
Ed Morrissey speculates whether this race has become a proxy for the 2012 GOP presidential race, with Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee endorsing Deal and Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney endorsing Handel. More likely, the runoff hinged on the question of who would fare better against former governor and Democratic nominee Roy Barnes. Rasmussen found last month shortly after the initial primary that Deal bested Barnes by six percentage points, while Handel was only up one percentage point. As the yesterday's close numbers show, the debate over who would be the best to beat Barnes was not settled, but that factor was probably more on Georgia Republican voters' minds than the 2012 presidential primary.