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Breaking news: Handel calls Deal, concedes GOP nomination for governor
AJC ^ | August 11, 2010 | Aaron Gould Sheinin

Posted on 08/11/2010 8:19:58 AM PDT by Dacula

Just in from Karen Handel:

I want to thank all of my friends, supporters, volunteers and my campaign team for a tremendous effort over the last 16 months. We ran a terrific campaign, beat the odds to come in first place in the Primary, and came so very close in the runoff election.

As of this morning, we are four tenths of a percentage point behind Nathan Deal with absentee ballots and overseas military votes yet to be counted.

We certainly have the option of requesting the automatic statewide recount. But we are not going to do that.

The best thing for our party is to rally around Congressman Deal as our nominee in the fight against Roy Barnes. Barnes would return Georgia to a past that is best kept in our rearview mirror. We must marshal all of our resources to defeat him.

I spoke with Nathan this morning and let him know that I endorse his candidacy and look forward to the fight against Barnes. I have also called on all who were supporting me to give their same


TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: deal; election; endorsement; gingrich; handel; nathandeal; palin
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1 posted on 08/11/2010 8:20:00 AM PDT by Dacula
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To: Dacula

Class act.


2 posted on 08/11/2010 8:21:52 AM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Dacula

Classy action that will help in an important election.


3 posted on 08/11/2010 8:22:28 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: Dacula

Very classy.


4 posted on 08/11/2010 8:22:31 AM PDT by twigs
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To: jwalsh07

So why do Republicans accept defeat with grace while Democrats try to switch a close loss into a win through a corrupt recount process?


5 posted on 08/11/2010 8:23:33 AM PDT by Chet 99
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To: justsaynomore

PING!


6 posted on 08/11/2010 8:23:39 AM PDT by Tucker822
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To: Chet 99

I can think of several Republicans who have not accepted defeat gracefully. 99% of the time, though, they are RINOs losing to a conservative...


7 posted on 08/11/2010 8:26:14 AM PDT by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: Chet 99

So why do Republicans accept defeat with grace while Democrats try to switch a close loss into a win through a corrupt recount process? ...................................... vs. Democrats? Ans. NO Guts.


8 posted on 08/11/2010 8:26:35 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft
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To: jwalsh07

Its what we do. Class and graciousness only exist on the right side of the aisle.


9 posted on 08/11/2010 8:26:35 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: Chet 99

Because Republicans, at least many of them, have a conscience.


10 posted on 08/11/2010 8:26:35 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Chet 99

Because Republicans, at least many of them, have a conscience.


11 posted on 08/11/2010 8:26:39 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: jwalsh07

Absolutely! The party needs to keep her in its vest pocket and run her again for an appropriate office at the earliest opportunity.


12 posted on 08/11/2010 8:28:26 AM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: jwalsh07

Agreed.


13 posted on 08/11/2010 8:28:37 AM PDT by cranked
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To: Dacula

First classy thing she’d done this entire election. I wonder if the ‘good ole boys’ she bitched about so much let her know that going diva would not bode well for her future chances at elected office?

I’ll lay $100 that we’ll see her on a congressional ballot in 2012.


14 posted on 08/11/2010 8:29:45 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Dacula

“King Roy” MUST be defeated in November!


15 posted on 08/11/2010 8:29:45 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (REAL Americans Bow to No One But The Almighty! - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: Chet 99
Intraparty squabbles between two relatively conservative candidates in a primary is a bit different don't you think?

Interparty? Scratch and claw until "all the votes are counted" and all the illegal votes are crap canned.

16 posted on 08/11/2010 8:30:39 AM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Chet 99

So why do Republicans accept defeat with grace while Democrats try to switch a close loss into a win through a corrupt recount process?

Its called class vs gutter trash mentality.


17 posted on 08/11/2010 8:31:53 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: Dacula

You mean she didn’t pull a Queen Christine Gregoire?


18 posted on 08/11/2010 8:33:01 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Chet 99
FREE ADVERTISING ~ when you demand a recount in a primary you get your guy's name in the press, and even if the other guy's name gets in there too.

This is part of the BRANDING PROCESS where every additional mention has value even if its negative in its implications.

Republicans became known as the "Stupid Party" in part because they fail to take advantage of modern advertising and market share theory to help win elections.

Kind of puts a lie to the idea that Republicans favor Markets and Capitalism.

This particular election is so close there's no doubt additional disputation would bring out more Republican voters in the end, and also attract some Democrat voters for no other reason than constant repitition of the candidate's names. Remember, both are Republicans so what is to lose.

19 posted on 08/11/2010 8:33:20 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Dacula
As of this morning, we are four tenths of a percentage point behind Nathan Deal with absentee ballots and overseas military votes yet to be counted.

Why concede? They may put her over the top?..............

20 posted on 08/11/2010 8:33:30 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: Dacula

Nathon Deal is a republican. He also sent a letter to the marxist muslim America-hating illegal alien in the White Hut to cough up his Birth Certificate.

Sounds like the right republican won.


21 posted on 08/11/2010 8:33:38 AM PDT by Electric Graffiti (I'm armed and Amish.)
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To: Tucker822

Whoa! Good news, indeed.

Now it’s time to go after Boy Barnes full steam!


22 posted on 08/11/2010 8:34:15 AM PDT by justsaynomore (Eventus stultorum magister)
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To: Dacula

This is STILL a good message from the TEA party that the GOP establishment had to fight to get 50% of the vote.

She is doing a class act here.


23 posted on 08/11/2010 8:34:29 AM PDT by Mr. K (Physically unable to proofreed (<---oops! see?))
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Gregoire has a support team that's well versed in sucking every last bit of votes out of any election ~ they got that way with practice. Then, when there's a close call in the regular election they know what to do while their Republican opponents stand their with their thumbs in their........

There's nothing polite about conceding an election that you probably won if the truth be known!

24 posted on 08/11/2010 8:35:27 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Dacula

I remember when Handel accuse another candidate in the primary race of some wrongdoings, and when it was revealed that there was no wrongdoings, she refused to apologize when asked to do so. I’m glad to see this RINO defeated!


25 posted on 08/11/2010 8:36:24 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: Dacula

Look, this is a tough call. Republicans are, let’s face it, classier than the morons in the Democrat party.

Nathan Deal, if he wins, is going to owe a lot to the people who supported Handel.

I can’t say I disagree with her actions here.


26 posted on 08/11/2010 8:39:36 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: rawhide
Please define what you mean by RINO. There's absolutely no evidence that she ever ran as a Democrat for public office, but there is for Deal.

I swear, public and private education ~ or is that "edumacation" ~ in Jawja is falling behind in the basics of "words have meanings".

27 posted on 08/11/2010 8:40:01 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Mr. K

You don’t sound as if you know much about this race. Handel was not the most conservative and did not have the best chance against the democrat.

The tea party at one time was in the bag for Handel because of Palin, but I know for a fact that a lot of them started doing their homework and switched sides.

It is a very good thing she lost, a lot of liberal heads exploded on Twitter and Facebook - they were pulling for her, as was Soros funded CREW.


28 posted on 08/11/2010 8:40:44 AM PDT by justsaynomore (Eventus stultorum magister)
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To: Dacula

Class Act, Girl!!! America is lucky to have you as a citizen and patriot. Your day will come, rest assured!!! Come to think it, we have some pretty amazing, smart women on the team of the good guys. Certainly a lot better then the America Haters, Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Helen Thomas, Maxine Waters, Shirley Sherrod, Barbara Boxer, etc.(Democrat women, disgusting females, no...better yet, disgusting people, as is the entire Democrat Party)


29 posted on 08/11/2010 8:42:14 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: Dacula

Nice speech. 99% of politicians give the rest a bad name.


30 posted on 08/11/2010 8:42:46 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: rawhide
Handel ran a nasty campaign, but she's no RINO. Deal had the GA Republican establishment behind him and managed to get only 50.3% of the runoff vote. Deal will probably beat Barnes in the general election, but whether he serves the entire four-year term will depend on how the ongoing investigation into his company's no-bid state contracts turns out.
31 posted on 08/11/2010 8:44:22 AM PDT by riverdawg
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To: Red Badger
Why concede? They may put her over the top?..............

Because, yesterday the repubs in GA had a "unity" breakfast and I am sure there was a position opened for her in the Deal administration if he wins.

32 posted on 08/11/2010 8:45:37 AM PDT by doodad
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To: muawiyah

What is the deal with folks here criticizing races they know nothing about???

Deal voted consistently conservative for the past 17 years. Look up his voting record. He is a former vet, was the one endorsed by GRTL, NRTL, Taxpayers Union, Anti-illegal immigration groups, NRA, Georgiacarry.org. He IS the most conservative of the two.

He was not my first choice (Johnson was the grassroots candidate) but he will be an excellent one to have in our corner against Barnes.


33 posted on 08/11/2010 8:45:49 AM PDT by justsaynomore (Eventus stultorum magister)
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To: Chet 99

Because class, honor, and integrity are not in the leftist’s vocabulary.


34 posted on 08/11/2010 8:47:14 AM PDT by mrmeyer ("When brute force is on the march, compromise is the red carpet." Ayn Rand)
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To: Pan_Yan

I had really hoped she would win. I hope Deal doesnt get indicted before November for his sweetheart deals while a Congressman.


35 posted on 08/11/2010 8:48:20 AM PDT by mono
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To: riverdawg

Handel has a campaign finance charge against her as well, so either one would have faced that when facing Barnes

That’s why neither were my FIRST choice, but Deal is a good choice.


36 posted on 08/11/2010 8:48:23 AM PDT by justsaynomore (Eventus stultorum magister)
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To: Chet 99
So why do Republicans accept defeat with grace while Democrats try to switch a close loss into a win through a corrupt recount process?

LOL!
You answered your own question. Democrats are corrupt.

How low does a Democrat politician have to be to cheer military body counts and bad economic news when Republicans are in charge, and how selfish does a Democrat voter have to be to exchange his vote for the "free stuff" confiscated on his behalf from his neighbors by Democrat politicians?

We're talking worse than just "corrupt".
The whole "Democrat" thing is sicker than any normal person could fathom.

37 posted on 08/11/2010 8:48:25 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: justsaynomore

“Handel was not the most conservative and did not have the best chance against the democrat.”

No, she wasn’t the most conservative person in the race. Eric Johnson was. Deal may very well beat Barnes in the general election because GA is a very Red State. But Barnes will beat Deal over the head with the ethics club, and it could become very interesting as a result.


38 posted on 08/11/2010 8:48:30 AM PDT by riverdawg
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To: Dacula

What about Tancredo not bothering to run in the GOP primary, then going 3rd party spoiler and almost certainly handing a win the the dems?

Graceful Republican NOT.


39 posted on 08/11/2010 8:48:33 AM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: muawiyah

When you support gay rights, domestic partnerships, and support abortions (the GA Right-to-Life absolutely refused to endorse her in this campaign or any other political campaign, then you are a RINO to me. When you vote to give taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood, (over $1 million dollars), that confirms it even more. That is just a start for her.

Sure, Deal was a Democrat, but like President Ronald Reagan, his former party left him, and he had to leave that party.


40 posted on 08/11/2010 8:50:30 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: riverdawg

Eric Johnson was always my first choice. I believe this runoff would have been between him and Deal if it weren’t for all the “outside help”

As I said before Handel has an ethics charge against her as well. I believe Barnes had a lot more on her - liberals were pulling for her.


41 posted on 08/11/2010 8:51:07 AM PDT by justsaynomore (Eventus stultorum magister)
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To: justsaynomore
“Handel has a campaign finance charge against her as well, so either one would have faced that when facing Barnes.”

A charge of violating campaign finance law is one thing, but an allegation of using your Congressional office to secure a no-bid state government contract is quite another. The FBI gets very interested in the latter.

42 posted on 08/11/2010 8:53:22 AM PDT by riverdawg
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To: Chet 99

Conservatives know that there is life beyond government.


43 posted on 08/11/2010 8:54:18 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Dacula
Nathan Deal will be a shoo-in to win the Governor's office now.

Aaaaw schucks....this is bad news for you after-Birthers.

So Obama, are you going to run in 2012? Snicker.

Nathan Deal says he’ll ask for Barack Obama’s birth certificate

44 posted on 08/11/2010 8:57:51 AM PDT by Red Steel
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To: riverdawg

Yeah, I have to stop and question any ethics charges when it’s SOROS’ funded group CREW coming up with the charges. Kind of like the left’s ethics attacks on Palin.

In any case, the charges were not even pursued by the Feds. I don’t think this will be the end all issue you think it will be.


45 posted on 08/11/2010 8:58:18 AM PDT by justsaynomore (Eventus stultorum magister)
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To: Dacula

I’ll forward this to Tom Tancredo in hopes of convincing him to get out or the way, in the race with Maes and Hickenlooper.......


46 posted on 08/11/2010 8:58:55 AM PDT by G Larry (Democrats: expediting the Destruction of America, before they lose power...)
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To: doodad

Now, if SHE wins, he is put in the position of being “gracious and amiable”...................


47 posted on 08/11/2010 9:00:23 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: Red Badger

Why concede? They may put her over the top?..............

Because if they do put her over the top, This takes the recount out of Deal’s hand. He would look real bad asking for recount after she didn’t


48 posted on 08/11/2010 9:02:55 AM PDT by NoDRodee (U>S>M>C)
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To: Dacula

Good, she really blew it with her last minute campaign attacks.


49 posted on 08/11/2010 9:04:01 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (The problem with Socialism is eventually you run our of other peoples money. Lady Thatcher)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

“So why do Republicans accept defeat with grace...”

for Democrats, politics is about themselves, their beliefs and desires, and narcissism. Some Pubbies genuinely believe in public service. Most have a life outside politics.


50 posted on 08/11/2010 9:05:04 AM PDT by mo
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