ATLANTA - Gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel has conceded her runoff for the Republican nomination, saying she will not seek a recount against Nathan Deal.
The recount, by law, is automatic when candidates are separated by less than 1 percentage point. But Handel said she is endorsing Deal's campaign so they can focus on running against former Gov. Roy Barnes, who won the Democratic nomination in July's primary.
- GOP race for attorney general: Sam Olen, 59 percent; Preston Smith, 41 percent
- GOP race for insurance commissioner: Ralph Hudgens, 55 percent; Maria Sheffield, 45 percent
- GOP race for public service commissioner: Tim Echols, 52 percent; John Douglas, 48 percent
- Democrat race for secretary of state: Georganna Sinkfield, 62 percent; Gail Buckner, 38 percent.
Bryan County results with 100 percent of precincts reporting:
- GOP governor: Nathan Deal, 742 votes; Karen Handel, 938
- GOP attorney general: Sam Olens, 681 votes; Preston Smith, 754
- GOP insurance commissioner: Ralph Hudgens, 626 votes; Maria Sheffield 840
- GOP public service commissioner: Tim Echols, 710 votes; John Douglas, 689- Democrat secretary of state: Georganna Sinkfield, 27 votes; Gail Buckner, 35