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2002 Georgia gubernatorial election

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Georgia gubernatorial election, 2002

← 1998 November 5, 2002 2006 →
 
Sonny Perdue at rally.jpg
Roy Barnes concession speech (cropped).jpg
Nominee Sonny Perdue Roy Barnes
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 1,041,677 937,062
Percentage 51.3% 46.2%

Georgia Governor Election Results by County, 2002.svg
Election results by county
Perdue:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
     Tie
Barnes:      40-50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Governor before election

Roy Barnes
Democratic

Elected Governor

Sonny Perdue
Republican

The 2002 Georgia gubernatorial election was held on November 5, 2002. Incumbent Democratic Governor Roy Barnes sought re-election to a second term as governor. State Senator Sonny Perdue emerged as the Republican nominee from a crowded and hotly contested primary, and he faced off against Barnes, who had faced no opponents in his primary election, in the general election. Though Barnes had been nicknamed "King Roy" due to his unique ability to get his legislative priorities passed, he faced a backlash among Georgia voters due to his proposal to change the state flag from its Confederate design. Ultimately, Perdue was able to defeat incumbent Governor Barnes and became the first Republican to serve as governor of the state since Reconstruction. The result was widely considered a major upset.[1]

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Transcription

Ever think you should be in charge of a group project? Or maybe you're interested in leading your peers as class president? Do you think you could handle running the whole state of Georgia? On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, Georgians will go to the polls to elect all of Georgia's constitutional officers, including the new governor. This is an important election because the governor is the chief executive of the state. The process for electing a governor works like this. Typically, both parties hold a primary election. In a primary, candidates from the same party run against one another. The only time this doesn't happen is when a current governor is up for reelection. In that case, the governor's party does not hold a primary and the current governor runs against the winner of the other party's primary candidate in the general election. So far, both parties have had their primary elections. Stacey Abrams beat challenger Stacy Evans to become the Democratic nominee. And Brian Kemp beat Casey Cagle in a primary runoff to become the Republican nominee. The winner of the Democratic and Republican primaries then face off in a general election. And the winner of this race becomes Georgia's governor. So let's learn a little bit more about the candidates. On the Democratic side is former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, Stacey Abrams. Abrams is the first African-American female to be nominated by a major party from any state to be the governor. She's also earned the endorsement of former presidents Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter. And Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp has also earned the endorsement of President Donald Trump. Endorsements are ways that politicians, statesmen, or even celebrities tell the public they personally support a certain candidate. When candidates create a campaign, they choose issues that are important to them and other Georgians. These are called planks. All of these planks put together are called a platform. Think about the wood that goes into building a deck. Each candidate then travels around the state making speeches to get their message out to voters. This is called stumping. In the old days, politicians would stand on the stumps of fallen trees to talk to their constituents. Today they have podiums and stages, but the premise is still all the same. As Abrams and Kemp crisscross Georgia making their case to citizens, they hope to convince voters to side with them. And there are two general approaches politicians use here. One aims to turn out their base, or to make sure their party's most loyal supporters vote for them. An opposite approach is to create a broad appeal for a candidate's platform. This is sometimes called "big tent politics" because the candidate tries to encourage as many different people as possible to side with them. Whichever approach they use, these candidates want Georgians to hear their message loud and clear. And besides making stump speeches around the state, both candidates will spend money on advertising. And a lot of it. This election is already the most expensive governor's race in Georgia's history. If you turn on your TV or go online, you might see ads with phrases like, "I'm so-and-so and I approve this message." Some ads will encourage you to vote for them but others might get very negative about the opposing candidate. Although voters say they don't like this form of negative advertising it has proven to be effective. And these attack ads are nothing new. They date as far back as the election of 1800 between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. And they're very common in state and national elections. Attack ads are used to make someone not want to vote for one person and decide to vote for the other, or not vote at all. But why all this advertising and speech making when Georgia has been a reliable Republican state since 2002? It is true for the last 16 years Georgia has been considered a red state. And you might notice a pattern. Southern and many midwestern states tend to be "red," or Republican. Northeastern and coastal states tend to be "blue," or Democrat. If a state changes from time to time or is in the process of changing its dominant political party, it's called a swing state. Others refer to these states as "purple." Some analysts believe Georgia might be turning purple, and this election could be the one where the state swings from Republican to Democrat. Red, blue, or purple, one thing is for sure, all eyes are definitely on Georgia this election season. If there are any other topics you want to learn more about, let us know in the comments section below. And don't forget to give this video a thumbs up and subscribe to our channel for more explainers!

Contents

Democratic primary

Candidates

Results

Democratic primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Roy Barnes (incumbent) 434,892 100.00
Total votes 434,892 100.00

Republican primary

Candidates

Results

Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Sonny Perdue 259,966 50.83
Republican Linda Schrenko 142,911 27.94
Republican Bill Byrne 108,586 21.23
Total votes 511,463 100.00

General election

Results

Georgia gubernatorial election, 2002[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Sonny Perdue 1,041,677 51.42% +7.34%
Democratic Roy Barnes (incumbent) 937,062 46.25% -6.24%
Libertarian Garrett Michael Hayes 47,122 2.33% -1.11%
Majority 104,615 5.16% -3.25%
Turnout 2,025,861
Republican gain from Democratic Swing

See also

References

External links

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