Tuesday, July 13, 2010

GNB EXTRA--Election Countdown 2010 (The Governor's Race)

Note: Starting tonight (Tuesday), there will be brief summaries of select primary elections throughout Georgia, starting with the race for Governor. They will continue until Monday, July 19, the day before the primary elections in Georgia.

The Democrats

Thurbert Baker--Three-term attorney general has held the seat of the state's top prosecutor for the last 13 years.

Roy Barnes--Former governor and Marietta native hopes to recapture the top seat after losing to Sonny Perdue in 2002.

Bill Bolton--Another native of Cobb County, Bolton has three engineering degrees from Georgia Tech.

Carl Camon--Serving five terms as the mayor of tiny Ray City in south Georgia, Camon faces long odds in winning the Democratic nomination.

DuBose Porter--The current House minority leader, as well as a native of Dublin, Porter once served as an intern with former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn.

David Poythress--A former general in the U.S. Air Force, Poythress is no stranger to Georgia politics, as he gave up the Labor Commissioner's job to run for governor in 1998.

Randal Mangham--A representative in Georgia House District 94, Mangham is also a long shot to represent the Democrats in November.

The Republicans

Jeff Chapman--A Brunswick native, Chapman hopes to use a "family friendly" approach to his campaign.

Nathan Deal--A former U.S. Representative representing Georgia's ninth congressional district, Deal is one of the favorites to represent the GOP in the general election.

Karen Handel--The former Secretary of State hopes to make history as Georgia's first female governor. But she must navigate her way through a very strong Republican field.

Eric Johnson--First elected to the state Senate in 1994, Johnson went on to become the President Pro Tem.

Ray McBerry--In a campaign marked by controversy, McBerry faces a tough task in winning over voters.

John Oxendine--As the longest serving Republican constitutional officer in Georgia, Oxendine is another favorite to claim the GOP gubernatorial nomination.

Other candidates

John Monds--With the recent decision by Ray Boyd to withdraw, the Libertarian from Cairo is the only third party or independent candidate to run for governor.

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