Atlanta, GA (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal has been elected
Georgia's next governor, riding a Republican wave and beating back
questions about his ethics and personal finances.
Deal, a former nine-term congressman from Gainesville, defeated
former Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes, who was running to get his old
job back after being ousted in 2002.
With 94 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial returns
showed Deal with 53 percent of the vote to Barnes' 43 percent.
Deal was buoyed by a strong anti-Washington tide that energized
GOP voters upset with President Barack Obama and Democrats in
During the campaign, Deal argued Barnes didn't deserve a second
shot leading the state.
Deal will replace Gov. Sonny Perdue, who's barred by term limits
from running again.
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