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This Day in Georgia History

November 02, 2010

Republicans Swept Statewide Offices

For the first time since Reconstruction, Republicans captured every statewide-elected office in Georgia state government (excluding judicial offices, which are non-partisan). U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson and gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal led the Republican sweep. In addition to governor, Republicans won all statewide “constitutional offices” - lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state school superintendent, commissioner of insurance, and commissioner of agriculture. Isakson won re-election to the U.S. Senate (Georgia’s other senator, Republican Saxby Chambliss, was not up for re-election). In the races for Georgia’s 13 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, six Republican incumbents won reelection, one Republican won the seat of a retired Republican, and one Republican unseated an incumbent Democratic congressmen, giving Republicans a total of 8 Representatives and both U.S. Senators. Republicans also won a majority of the seats in the Georgia House and Senate. The Nov. 2 general election resulted in Georgia becoming one of the most Republican states in the nation.