Atlanta, GA (AP) - Republican Ralph Hudgens has been elected
Georgia's insurance commissioner.
Unofficial returns show the 67-year-old state senator won 62
percent of the vote against Democrat Mary Squires in Tuesday's race
with 44 percent of precincts reporting. Libertarian candidate Shane
Bruce was also on the ballot.
During the campaign, Hudgens promised to use his power as a
statewide officeholder to oppose the implementation of Democratic
President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. He said one of his
primary goals is to attract more insurance companies to Georgia.
This year's election marked the first time in years that there
was an open seat for insurance commissioner. Republican incumbent
John Oxendine decided not to seek re-election so he could run for
governor. He lost the primary election.
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