The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up

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Georgia

georgia-stampIncumbent: Sonny Perdue (R) term-limited

Primary Election: July 20, 2010
General Election: November 2, 2010

STATUS: OPEN SEAT
RATING: Lean Republican Retention

RECENT ELECTION RESULTS:
2002 Result: Perdue wins 51%-46%.
2006 Result:
Perdue wins 58%-38%.

Georgia Gubernatorial Race: Headlines

Democrats:
Thurbert Baker
Roy Barnes
Carl Camon
DuBose Porter
David Poythress

Republicans:
Jeff Chapman
Nathan Deal Web Site twitter Facebook
Karen Handel
Eric Johnson
Ray McBerry
John Oxendine
Austin Scott

State Resources:
Georgia SecState Elections Division

PollWatch:
Anzalone/Liszt/Grove: Georgia voters prefer electing a new governor to re-electing Gov. Nathan Deal by 49-36% (11/12/13)
Public Policy Polling: Deal rebounds, in solid shape for re-election, job approval stands at 44-32% (8/7/13)
Insider Advantage: Race narrows, Deal leads Barnes 45-40% (Insider Advantage, 10/19/10)
Insider Advantage: Deal surges ahead in race for Governor, 45-37% (9/28/10)
Rasmussen: Deal’s lead narrows, 45-39% (9/21/10)
Insider Advantage: Deal, Barnes now in dead heat, tied at 42% (9/16/10)
Rasmussen: Following run-off victory, Deal leads Barnes – 51-42 (8/11/10)
Insider Advantage: Handel, Deal tied at 46 in GOP runoff (8/6/10)
Rasmussen: In first post-primary poll, Deal looks to be stronger GOP candidate against Barnes (7/21/10)
Rasmussen: GOP primary shows Handel, Deal with 25% each (7/13/10)
Mason-Dixon: GOP primary: Handel, 29%, Oxendine 22%, Deal 20%, Undecided 13% (7/13/10)
Magellan Strategies: Handel surges into lead in GOP primary (7/13/10)
Insider Advantage: Barnes likely to avoid run-off, poll shows 59% support (7/9/10)
Survey USA: Barnes still above 50% on Dem side, GOP primary: Oxendine 32%, Handel 23%, Deal, Johnson with 12% (7/8/10)
Public Policy Polling: Dem primary shows Baker gaining on Barnes (7/3/10)
Insider Advantage: Handel catches Oxendine in GOP governor’s poll (7/2/10)
Survey USA: Handel, Deal vying for second against Oxendine; Barnes way ahead (6/17/10)
Insider Advantage: Barnes running away from Democratic primary pack (5/26/10)
Rasmussen: Leading GOP candidates hold lead over Barnes (5/20/10)
Insider Advantage: GOP primary – Oxendine 23%, Deal 15%, Handel 14% (5/19/10)
Rasmussen: Barnes competitive, Deal strongest GOPer in November matchups (4/22/10)
Research 2000: Barnes competitive, Baker could be as well (4/7/10)
Insider Advantage: Oxendine remains atop crowded GOP field, with 26% (4/5/10)
Rasmussen: Barnes running even with all GOPers (3/17/10)
Public Policy Polling: Barnes leads GOPers (3/3/10)
Insider Advantage: Oxendine, Barnes lead primary fields due to name ID (3/1/10)
Rasmussen: GOPers slightly ahead of Barnes in general election matchups (2/22/10)
Strategic Vision: Barnes, Oxendine still ahead (8/23/09)
Rasmussen: Barnes far ahead of Dem candidates (8/21/09)
Rasmussen: Oxendine continues to lead GOP field (8/21/09)
Strategic Vision: Barnes, Oxendine lead crowded fields (7/22/09)
Rasmussen: Dem Primary transformed by Barnes entry into race, gets 48% (06/22/09)
Rasmussen: Oxendine sits atop crowded GOP field, 33% undecided (06/22/09)

GOP Primary Debate video from Fox5 Atlanta