GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Another Republican has joined the race
for governor in Georgia.
Congressman Nathan Deal said Friday morning outside the Hall
County Courthouse that he will enter the 2010 contest. He said he
will be a governor who "does his own thinking, ties his own shoes
and can deliver a speech without a teleprompter."
Deal, a one-time Democrat and former state senator, is one of
the most senior members of Georgia's congressional delegation. He
began eyeing the race after Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle -- an
early Republican favorite -- withdrew for health reasons. Both men
are from Gainesville and share the same north Georgia political
Four Republicans are already in the race to replace Governor
Sonny Perdue. They are Secretary of State Karen Handel, Insurance
Commissioner John Oxendine, state Senator Eric Johnson and state
Representative Austin Scott.