Handel sneaks past Deal in Fayette

All precincts counted; sights turn to statewide returns

The last round of six precincts helped Karen Handel win Fayette County, as she reversed Nathan Deal’s slim lead, defeating him 6.204 to 6,166 among local voters in the runoff.

All precincts are in for Fayette and now the state scoreboard watching begins. The Secretary of State's office is posting results at http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/election_results/2010_0810/

Fayette turned out 19.3 percent of its registered voters for the runoff.

In the race for Republican Attorney General, Sam Olens won Fayette with 5,640 votes to Preston W. Smith’s 4,161.

The Republican contest for insurance commissioner had Ralph Hudgens win with 5,961 to 5,147 for Maria Sheffield.

Tim Echols won with 4,541 votes to 4,213 for John Douglas in the Republican Public Service Commission race.

The only Democratic race on the ballot made a winner of Georganna Sinkfield for Secretary of State over challenger Gail Buckner. Sinkfield had 700 votes to Buckner’s 212.