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Rep Out After Vote: Speical Election Scheduled

March 23, 2010    Content provided by DDC Advocacy

Georgia Republican Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA-9) immediately followed through on his promise to resign from Congress after the healthcare vote to fully concentrate on running for Governor. Term-limited Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) then scheduled April 27th as the date for the replacement special election. All candidates will be placed on one ballot and if no one receives 50% + one vote, then a run-off election between the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, will occur on May 25th. It is likely a run-off will be necessary and probable that two Republican candidates will qualify for the political overtime. The 9th CD is the strongest Republican district in the Peach State. John McCain carried the district in the 2008 presidential contest with 75% of the vote.

Four other vacancies exist in the House, each belonging to a former Democratic House member. The Florida seat of ex-Rep. Bob Wexler, who resigned to accept a position with an international think tank, will be filled on April 13th. After GA-9 on April 27th, the 1st district of Hawaii will have an all-mail election on May 1st ; a winner-take-all affair among Democrats Ed Case, Colleen Hanabusa, and Republican Charles Djou. Former Rep. Neil Abercrombie also resigned in order to campaign for Governor. Later in May, on the 18th and concurrent with the regular Pennsylvania primary election, voters in the 12th district will choose between Democrat Mark Critz, a former congressional staff member, and Republican businessman Tim Burns. The winner will immediately begin serving the unexpired portion of the late Rep. John Murtha's final term. Finally, Gov. David Paterson has the authority to schedule a special election to replace ex-Rep. Eric Massa, but could also choose to allow the seat to remain vacant until the general election.

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