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Victors, Not Recounts
August 12, 2010 Content provided by DDC Advocacy
Though several of Tuesday night's gubernatorial primary contests appeared headed to recounts just to determine which candidates would move onto their respective general elections, no such procedure will materialize. In Georgia, former Secretary of State Karen Handel,who was well within the 1% margin of defeat that triggers an automatic recount, conceded the GOP nomination to ex-Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA-9). The former Congressman will now face ex-Gov Roy Barnes. In Colorado, businessman Dan Maes ended the night scoring a 51-49% victory over former Rep. Scott McInnis who, like Handel, declined to seek a recount and conceded the gubernatorial nomination. To the northeast, Democratic former U.S. Senator Mark Dayton (D-MN), trailing virtually all evening to state House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, the officially-endorsed Democratic Farm Labor party candidate, overtook his opponent with a strong showing in Duluth and the Iron Range to eke out a razor-thin nomination victory. Kelliher also declined her right to a recount, thereby making Dayton the official DFL general election candidate. Deal and Barnes are expected to be in a toss-up Georgia campaign. Maes begins as a decided underdog to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, especially in a three-way contest with former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO-6) running as an Independent. Dayton claims the early lead in the Minnesota contest over GOP state Rep. Tom Emmer.