In this combination of photos, Republican candidates for Georgia Governor are shown from left to right: Jeff Chapman, Nathan Deal, Karen Handel, Eric Johnson, Ray McBerry and John Oxendine Thursday April 22, 2010, in Roswell, Georgia. Otis Putnam is shown in an undated handout photo. The race for the Republican nomination for governor in Georgia resembles a game of musical chairs. Nearly everyone expects the seven-person primary to head to an Aug. 10 runoff, since it will be tough for any candidate in the crowded field to pull the needed 50 percent plus one vote to win outright. (AP Photo, File)
ATLANTA (AP) - Nathan Deal has won the second Republican runoff spot in the race for governor.
The former congressman from Gainesville will face former Secretary of State Karen Handel in an Aug. 10 runoff for the Republican nomination.
With 80 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial returns show Handel - buoyed by the backing of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin - had 33 percent of the vote to Deal's 24 percent.
They were among seven Republicans vying for their party's nomination. A runoff is needed if no candidate wins 50 percent plus one vote.
Handel shot to the top of a recent poll after receiving support from Palin, who vouched for her conservative credentials.
Deal had the backing of former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
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