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Tea party still at the table
After primary loss, party appears to rally around Kingston



The following are certified, official results from the May 20 primary election, taken from the Georgia Secretary of State’s website at Also included are Bulloch County results for select state and federal races.


*winner or will appear on July 22 runoff ballot

(I) stands for incumbent

Only contested races at the state and federal levels are shown.


US Senator, Republican


*David Perdue  185,466                30.64%

*Jack Kingston  156,157 25.8%

Karen Handel    132,944 21.96%

Phil Gingrey       60,735   10.03%

Paul Broun          58,297   9.63%

Art Gardner        5,711     0.94%

Derrick Grayson                6,045     1%



Jack Kingston     3,325     76%

David Perdue    536         12.25%

Karen Handel    296         6.77%

Paul Broun          129         2.95%

Phil Gingrey       55           1.26%

Derrick Grayson                21           0.48%

Art Gardner        13           0.3%


US Senator, Democrat


*Michelle Nunn               246,369                74.95%

Steen Miles        39,418   11.99%

Todd Robinson                 31,822   9.68%

Branko Radulovacki        11,101   3.38%



Michelle Nunn  1,124     68.62%

Todd Robinson 334         20.39%

Steen Miles        129         7.88%

Branko Radulovacki        51           3.11%


Governor, Republican


*Nathan Deal (I)               430,170 72.15%

David Pennington           99,548   16.7%

John Barge          66,500   11.15%



Nathan Deal (I) 3,411     80.11%

David Pennington           465         10.92%

John Barge          382         8.97%


Secretary of State, Democrat

*Doreen Carter 201,052 68.79%

Gerald Beckum 91,198   31.21%


Commissioner of Insurance, Democrat

*Elizabeth Johnson         203,318 69.93%

Keith Heard        87,437   30.07%


State School Superintendent, Republican


*Mike Buck         91,435   19.52%

*Richard Woods               78,542   16.77%

Mary Kay Bacallao           71,810   15.33%

Ashley Bell         70,065   14.96%

Nancy Jester      51,211   10.93%

Fitz Johnson       35,862   7.65%

Allen Fort            29,504   6.3%

Sharyl Dawes     25,468   5.44%

Kira Willis           14,584   3.11%


Mike Buck           714         21.44%

Richard Woods 661         19.84%

Allen Fort            433         13%

Ashley Bell         403         12.1%

Mary Kay Bacallao           370         11.11%

Fitz Johnson       268         8.05%

Nancy Jester      221         6.63%

Sharyl Dawes     184         5.52%

Kira Willis           77           2.31%


State School Superintendent, Democrat


*Valarie Wilson                96,849   32.59%

*Alisha Morgan                78,460   26.4%

Denise Freeman              54,428   18.32%

Tarnisha Dent    40,007   13.46%

Jurita Forehand Mays    16,818   5.66%

Rita Robinzine  10,609   3.57%



Valarie Wilson  445         30.27%

Alisha Morgan   310         21.09%

Tarnisha Dent    289         19.66%

Denise Freeman              261         17.76%

Jurita Forehand Mays    112         7.62%

Rita Robinzine  53           3.61%


US REPRESENTATIVE, District 12, Republican


*Rick Allen         25,093   53.99%

Eugene Yu           7,677     16.52%

Delvis Dutton    6,644     14.3%

John Stone         5,826     12.54%

Diane Vann        1,237     2.66%



Rick Allen            1,962     46.19%

Delvis Dutton    1,305     30.72%

Eugene Yu           602         14.17%

John Stone         282         6.64%

Diane Vann        97           2.28%


Democratic Party Question 1

Should Georgia raise the state minimum wage above the current $5.15 an hour?

Yes         328,142 94.73%

No          18,240   5.27%


Democratic Party Question 2

Should Georgians’ federal tax dollars be returned to Georgia to fund Medicaid expansion and relieve the indigent care burden on our hospitals?

Yes         297,691 87.93%

No          40,859   12.07%


Democratic Party Question 3

Should the Constitution of Georgia be amended to create an independent ethics commission, not tied to the governor’s office, legislature or other elected office, to more effectively police potential ethics violations by elected officials?

Yes         278,694 84.6%

No          50,721   15.4%


Democratic Party Question 4

Should the Constitution of Georgia be amended to make the education budget Georgia’s first funding priority?

Yes         285,256 85.52%

No          48,283   14.48%

ATLANTA — When Rep. Jack Kingston and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue advanced to a Republican runoff in Georgia's Senate race, the tea party was left without a favored candidate.
    Yet the state's sizeable tea party crowd isn't staying on the sidelines. Tea partyers now appear to be rallying behind Kingston, an 11-term congressman from Savannah who has the backing of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a history of supporting federal projects in his district. It's the pragmatic side of the tea party and says as much about the movement as it does about Kingston, whose voting record has been very conservative in recent years.
    "We're more concerned with people's attitudes since the rise of the tea party," said Sal Russo, chief strategist of the Tea Party Express, one of the largest tea party groups in the country. His group has yet to endorse in the July 22 Georgia runoff.
    The Georgia race is one of at least two instances in which the national business group and the tea party are finding common ground. The chamber and Russo's group also have backed Republican Rep. Steve Daines in his bid for a Senate seat in Montana, a key pickup opportunity for the GOP.
    Nationally, Republicans are pushing for a net gain of six seats to claim a majority in the Senate and can't afford to lose the Georgia seat. Democrats have rallied behind Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn, and see her as one of their best chances to thwart GOP ambitions.
    And while the tea party hasn't fared that well in early primaries this year, those were largely uphill races against well-funded Republican incumbents.
    The Georgia race was a free-for-all and pitted three congressmen against Perdue and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel. Handel and Rep. Paul Broun of Athens drew the most tea party support, with Handel carrying the endorsement of tea party favorite Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Express. Handel finished a close third, while Broun trailed in fifth.
    In recent years, Kingston has moved steadily to the right with votes against raising the debt ceiling and a bipartisan budget bill. While campaigning, he points to a record of cutting spending as a member of the House Appropriations Committee.
    Perdue's outsider message, of running against Washington and career politicians, would seem an easier sell with tea party activists seeking candidates willing to take on the establishment. But some of the first-time candidate's comments during the campaign may have set off alarms, and he faced sustained criticism as the front-runner in the final weeks before the primary. He won with 31 percent of the vote to Kingston's 26 percent.
    In one instance, Perdue argued he didn't mean raising taxes when he said both spending cuts and increased revenue would be needed to deal with the nation's debt. Perdue said he was talking about efforts to grow the economy, but his original comment prompted the conservative group FreedomWorks for America to declare: "Elect a Conservative, Not Perdue."
    Handel on Wednesday backed Kingston and urged her nearly 133,000 supporters in the primary to do the same. One of Handel's chief supporters, Julianne Thompson with the Atlanta Tea Party, also endorsed Kingston.
    Perdue's campaign said the fact a few high-profile tea party activists are supporting Kingston doesn't mean rank-and-file members will fall in line.

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