Deal called his parents, Banks and Missy Burgess, to the stage with him. “Mack, we won,” a choked-up Deal said. “It’s finished. May you rest in peace.”
Our AJC colleague Katie Leslie caught up with state Democratic party chairman DuBose Porter, who was clearly baffled:
Given that Deal beat back not just Carter, but an unemployment rate of 7.9 percent and higher, a 56 percent margin (with returns coming in) is stunning, and proof that Democrats have much work ahead of them.
The Associated Press just declared Republican Rick Allen as the victor over U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, the last white Democrat in Congress from the Deep South, who was seeking a fifth term. Barrow, we're told, just called Allen to concede.
Here's the statement Barrow sent over:
Sen. Johnny Isakson is hopeful that the separation he sees in early polls is a good sign that David Perdue can avoid a runoff. If not, get ready for an onslaught.
“If we’re the only runoff in the country, Georgia’s population is going to double and $100 million will be spent here,” said Isakson, adding: “It will be brutal for the people of Georgia.”
“We’ve had a really good turnout,” Nunn said. “We’ve seen great energy. I’ve been over at headquarters and everyone there, the young people are very excited.”
Asked if he given his daughter advice on how to handle election-night stress, Nunn said it wasn’t necessary.
“I don’t have to give her advice,” he said. “I learned that several months ago.”
Father said daughter is holding up really well.
“She seems to be getting stronger and stronger as we go on,” Nunn said. “It’s amazing. At this point in ’72, in my tough race, I was running on fumes.”
Among them is Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, who lost to Perdue in the GOP runoff but immediately announced his support and has been out on the trail with Perdue several times.
“I feel very strongly that he’s the kind of leader we need to go to the Senate and I think he’s going to be victorious tonight,” Kingston said, adding that he feels Perdue will “eke it out” without a runoff.
As for his party’s overall fate: “We will have at least 51 Republican senators at this time tomorrow.”
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