A Big Red Wave

A Big Red Wave

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For those Democrats who felt that Georgia had gone from a red to a purple state, the Republicans squashed that notion by putting on an extra layer of red paint over the state Tuesday night.

The GOP victories in Georgia and across the nation was so decisive that they won what they were expected to win and more. Their victories were like a big red wave that could not be held back no matter how many blue sandbags were put in place.

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Despite two grueling campaigns, GOP businessman David Perdue surprised pundits and pollsters alike and rolled to a dominating victory over Michelle Nunn gathering 53 percent to 47 percent of the vote.

Gov. Nathan Deal running for a second term even before the votes were cast never appeared to be in any real danger of not being re-elected. He also picked up 53 percent of the vote over Jason Carter, a former state legislature who was running his first statewide race. Both races had Libertarian candidates but neither could garner enough votes to cause a run-off.

Pollsters said that Nunn and Carter needed to pick up at least 30 percent of the white vote in Georgia in order to be in the position to win the seat. Neither did that.

Both Nunn and Carter received the vast majority of the black vote cast, despite their attempts to distance themselves from President Obama. Apparently, Perdue’s relentless TV ads citing that if elected Nunn would be Obama’s senator and not Georgia’s worked.

It took ten years, but the GOP finally got their man – 12th District Congressman John Barrow, the last white southern Democrat representative in the House. The dominated state GOP legislature had redrawn his district to become more Republican. Rick Allen, a construction company owner from Augusta proved to be the right candidate to finally take the east Georgia. Barrow also tried to distance himself from Obama but the tactic didn’t work from him, either.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle who is expected to run for the top post in four years, avoid the attack ad method and went the message route with his TV campaign ads mainly, because his Democrat opponent Connie Stokes, a former state legislator was woefully underfunded and she received little or no outside PAC money which flooded the governor and the U.S. Senate races.

All of the Republican statewide office holders were re-elected thus once again leaving the Democrats without a statewide seat.

State Attorney General Sam Olens fought back a challenge by Democrat Greg Hecht. Secretary of State Brian Kemp had no problems defeating Doreen Cater. Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens was re-elected over Democrat Liz Johnson and Libertarian Ted Metz. Labor Commissioner Mark Butler got re-elected over Robin Shipp. Gary Black is still the state Agriculture Commissioner beating Chris Irvin.

Richard Woods won the open State Superintendent seat over Democrat Valarie Wilson who was one of five African American females running for a statewide office.

On the Public Service Commission, Republicans Lauren “Bubba” McDonald and H. Doug Everett were easily re-elected.

With Associated Press and wire services reports


This story was written as part of a New America Media voting rights fellowship.