Cagle Wins (Reed Concedes)

About a third of Georgia’s precincts are in and Cagle has held a ten point lead. He is leading in urban areas and he is breaking even or leading in rural areas. He’s leading in his areas and he is leading in a lot of Ralph’s areas.

I’m going to call this race for Cagle now. Sure, things could change. But there has been a ten point lead all night. Cobb came strong for Cagle. Gwinnett is very close, but Cagle leads.

There seems to be no deviation between rural and urban counties.

The race goes to Casey. Does insider Advantage offer refunds?


  1. GOPeach says:

    Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.

    This reminds me of a Braves Game –
    John Smotlz is pitching and Zell Miller is still
    up at the plate.

    It’s still early.Very early!

    I am at the REED Victory Party and we are still

  2. Maurice Atkinson says:

    woohoo is right!!!! Hopefully it will be woohoo at 11 pm.

    I just got back from a conference at Jekyll. I drove over to St. Simons yesterday and it was plastered with Reed signs.

  3. Demonbeck says:

    With Jerry Keen and Jeff Chapman solidly in Cagle’s corner, what did you expect?

    A lot of folks in Glynn were saying Reed in public and supporting Cagle privately.

  4. GOPeach says:

    I just heard it.

    I guess now Ralph and Jo Anne can
    get to smoochin again.


    GOPeach & Judge Peach LOVE YOU!

    We will always love you.
    You are a champion and a Class Act!

  5. GOPeach says:

    We REED folks have a LIFE!

    It is much deeper than an
    election. We are not sad.
    We know God is protecting
    Ralph. He has other plans.
    We are excited!

    Now let’s flush the toilet and
    get busy taking the Lt. Gov,
    seat with an (R) besdie it!

  6. Demonbeck says:

    BULLETIN: Reed Throws In Towel, Ending Bid For GOP LG

    (7/18/06) Ralph Reed conceded Tuesday, throwing in the towel in his bid for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

    InsiderAdvantage’s Chuck Clay called the race for Cagle at about 9:15 p.m., well before any other news organization and prior to the concession.

    In a brief speech, Reed told supporters, “We’re very proud of the campaign that we ran. It was a positive, hopeful campaign about the issues, about fiscal responsibility, about improving schools through charters and choice.”

    He added, “Tonight, my candidacy for lieutenant governor comes to an end, but the ideas for which I stood, the values for which you fought and the governing philosophy … will go on to victory.”

  7. duluthmom says:

    Quote: “Tonight, my candidacy for lieutenant governor comes to an end, but the ideas for which I stood, the values for which you fought and the governing philosophy … will go on to victory.

    And thankfully those ideas/values/philosophy won’t be tossed aside when the highest bidder comes a’ calling from now on.

  8. UnknownTruths says:

    It was great to meet everyone at the CAGLE VICTORY PARTY…………… the haters come out of the woodworks now ……….

  9. UnknownTruths says:

    Whats up Demon…..great to hear from you via tele for the Victory party…..Casey gave a great speech….offered nice words about Ralph….and I had to leave early due to morning business…..but the crowd was Loud and Proud and ready for the months ahead for the next elections…………….wish you were there but understand why you werent……

  10. HSC Republican says:

    To think this time last year Reed was a shoe in………….I was told I was crazy for a guy who would not break 30% of the vote! GO CASEY GO!!!!!!!!! Debbie where are you??????????

  11. cagle2006 says:

    I was at the Victory Party. It was the best moment in my life when WDUN was radio interviewing me asking me why I supported Casey Cagle as Ralph Reed announced his concession. I enjoyed meeting Chris Farris and others. I had one of the best times of my life at the Cagle Victory Party at Gwinnett Arena. Casey Cagle won the primary in Reed Terrority. I know about that one Reed worshippers. they really let the Reed propoganda go to their head. I guess Ralph Reed cracked under pressure. We have a Lieutenant Governor to Elect
    ””GO CASEY”””

  12. BahamaBoy says:

    Just in from the Cagle party. Words can’t describe the jubilation and relief that moved over the crowd as the night wore on; absolute jubilation when Reed conceded on TV. Even though we couldn’t hear his words, we all knew what he was saying. Cagle gave one of his best, unprepared speeches and was very conciliatory towards his former adversary.

    We have an election to win in November, so there will be no gloating. We set out to put the right man in position to win the LG seat and now we have to see him across the finish line. That will take the votes of lots of Reed supporters who must be feeling mighty low tonight. I’ve been in those shoes, too, so I extend my heartfelt congratulations for a campaign that was run about as good as it could be under the circumstances.

    I always thought that Reed should not have made this run until he had gotten his house in order over all the lobbying scandals. Had he done that, he could have run in 2-4 years and had just about any office he wanted. But by brushing aside the mounting questions about character and integrity, he led his loyal following right over the cliff.

    Tomorrow is another day and the sun will come up in the East. Let’s get back to work and enjoy knowing that all things happen for a reason. Cagle is destined to be Lieutenant Governor — Georgia’s first in more than 150 years. Reed is destined to pick up the pieces and try to put his career and life back together. Both men deserve our prayers and our best wishes.

    Good luck Ralph. I truly hope you come back a changed man.

  13. Demonbeck says:

    There are alot of us on here who would forgive Ralph, if he asked for it. He has to admit his mistakes in order to do so. This is no dig at him.

  14. maryann says:

    One question: WHERE THE HELL IS DEBBIE NOW?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? So glad Reed went down!!!

  15. Demonbeck says:

    By my calculations, if 90% of the vote is in now, given the disparity between Cagle and Reed, Reed could get all of the votes remaining and still not win. Is it safe to say he is now mathematically eliminated?

  16. debbie0040 says:

    I am here . There are a lot of upset and angry Reed people right now. My hubby said he was voting Democrat or Libertarian and so did many other Reed supporters. I think that is the entirely wrong thing to do.. I have problems with Cagle but will vote for him anyway because he won the primary. The worst Republican is better than the best Democrat.

    You Cagle people really have your work cut out for you on this one. I wish you luck.

    I will urge Reed supporters to vote for Handel and Black. The State Senators need some humility…

  17. UGAMatthew says:

    Cagle party was great, I was “guarding” the family and staff section and you wouldn’t believe how many were just dying to get in there and check out the war room; the excitment there was tremendous.

    Bill S., the other “guard” graduated from Tech, we struggled at first, but managed to do just fine. Thought you’d find that agreeable.

    I commend Ralph for conceding as early as he did, it made him seem somewhat more dignified as opposed to dragging the thing out til midnight.

  18. debbie0040 says:

    BB, most of the votes were anti Reed not pro Cagle. It is doubtful Cagle will substain that same support with Reed out of the picture. I think Cagle will need everyone’s prayers to pull this out.

  19. jackson says:

    Debbie0400 on 4/25: ” I have complete faith in the GOP Primary voters to decide who is best for the party.”

  20. Bull Moose says:

    Okay, I’m sorry, but tonight, Georgia Republicans overwhelming rejected the politics of personal destruction that have so long prevailed too often.

    Given the choice between a sincere candidate with experience, honor, integrity, and determination or another candidate, the voters chose, overwhelmingly mind you, the one with experience, honor, integrity, and determination.

    Now is the time for us to lay aside our differences and unite behind Casey Cagle and Governor Purdue and move forward toward victory this November.

    As for the party, I haven’t been to a campaign party that was that much fun – every. Everyone was jubilant from the moment it started at 7 PM. Even with the first votes trickling in, everyone was upbeat, warm, and excited about the nights results.

    In moving forward, having been on the losing side of a primary before, I would submit to the former Reed people that if you can’t be excited and involved in the general election, you need to just not be involved. There is too much energy and excitement for you to not be a part of it, but if you still feel so strongly that you cannot, than I suggest you quietly sit on the side and not be a detriment to victory.

  21. Mike Hassinger says:

    Does it really help to say most of the votes were anti-Reed and not pro-Cagle? Isn’t that kind of like saying Reed was the more dislikable?

  22. GabrielSterling says:

    One question (this is not my original thought…but fitting). You wake up in like lets say, 4 1/2 hours and ou are Jim Martin and Greg Hecht. You get to fight over who gets to lose to Casey Cagle and spend the last of your money doing it. That can’t be fun. BTW I call this for Martin.

  23. Philly says:

    Bullmoose, I will not be involved by sitting out the November election. Let the Georgia GOP see how many races they can win without the christian conservative vote.

    I know many feel as I do. Some will become active in other campaigns or vote and vote for Greg Hecht should he win or just skip the Lt. Governor’s office. Hecht seems to have the most appeal to conservatives and would probably defeat Cagle. Cagle will not be elected in November. Hecht or Martin will defeat him.

  24. Philly says:

    If you think Reed people will unite behind Cagle then you are wrong and you have to realize that. Cagle can try to mend bridges but there is too much anger and there is no bridge to mend. There are Reed supporters like me that are out for revenge and nothing will change that. Reed was treated badly. I would rather have the Democrats in control of the State Senate.

  25. jackson says:

    Well, considering Casey Cagle is a christian conservative, I dont think he is going to have a problem with getting that vote. regular christians are going to forget about this by the time it matters and they are not going to vote for a democrat.

    Cry me a river with Reed was treated badly. This is the guy that made a living trashing the hell out of others — in Republican primaries. He said alot of untrue things about Cagle as well. But not that talking sense matters to some of the Reed folks on here. They are always going to be victims, no matter what.

  26. Oz says:

    Philly — I know how you feel, being a Reed supporter, but do you really want to see a Democrat in that slot.

    Give it a week or two without making vows and then think it over.

    While I wanted Reed and did not agree with Cagle’s take, I would much, much rather see Cagle in the Lt. Gov slot than a Dem.

  27. Philly says:

    sorry, time will not my mind. There will be Reed supporters the will vote for Cagle. I do not think Cagle is better than Hecht . I would rather have a Democrat in office than Cagle. I think Reed supporters will, for the most part, be divided on supporting Cagle. Some may provide lip service to support Cagle but when they go vote that will be a different matter.

    You guys are foolish to think otherwise. Did you really think Cagle could run the kind of campaign he did and there would be no fallout?

  28. PeachQueen says:

    Hey UGAMatthew, it wasn’t that bad hanging out with a Georgia Tech grad for a few hours at the Cagle Victory Party? I am sure I must have enlightened your life somehow! 😉

    I think I speak for a good majority of the folks who attended the Cagle party, by saying we were not only ecstatic by the election results, but also pleasantly surprised that the race wasn’t as close as it was predicted to be. I think we were very prepared to be around all night!

    It’s a long road to November, folks, but let’s hit the trail. It will be interesting to have a Republican to shake things up in the Lt. Governor’s position.

    Sometimes I think the GOP doesn’t even need an opposition party, we do fine torturing ourselves. (*sarcasm*) The true measure of a our party’s strength is how they rise to master the moment when it does arrive – band together or fall apart? I would hate to be standing there come November and saying “I’m sorry folks, we just blew our chance at having a decent Lt. Governor because our party couldn’t get it together.” Hunting season on Casey is over, unless your a Democrat. It’s time to think like a team – we win together, we lose together.

  29. BahamaBoy says:

    Philly is a sore loser. So take your marbles and go home. And take all your CC church bulletins with you.

    We have to reunite the Party and win the LG seat this Nov. And believe me Philly, we can do it WITH you or WITHOUT you.

    Now go nurse that Kool-Aid hangover of yours and cheer up.

  30. UGAMatthew says:

    Nah, it wasn’t too bad; we just didn’t discuss football. Once you have a mutual on that…we’re doing fine. It was all really a good time.

    Debbie, we know you’ll need some wound-licking times, but I beg of you not to a thorn in Cagle’s side. Can we ask that of you?

  31. Brian from Ellijay says:

    Philly, You missed the boat.

    Cagle only won this big because he got a lot of those CC votes against Ralph. Without them, it would have been tough.

  32. nfire says:

    Give Debbie some credit. Even though she does owe a whole lot of steak dinners and I’m hungry, she’s always said that she’d back the Republican candidate. She’ll get over this one in time and will be just as annoying to the Democrats as she’s been to us Cagle supporters for the past months.

  33. GOPeach says:


    I don’t think Debbie is going to ride the Cagle wave like
    you and the rest of the Good Ole Pep Boys. She will vote
    Republican like me. That’s it. Don’t push it!

    More than likely Debbie is with Karen Handel now.

    As for me- I am directing my positive energy toward:
    Sonny, Perry McGuire, Gary Black, and Cindye Coates.

    These candidates excite me as much as Ralph Reed.
    I know them all and can say they are the real deal.

    Don’t you dare speak ill of my pics. They Rock!

  34. debbie0040 says:

    I have already said I would always back the nominee of the party and that is Cagle. The bottom line is our worst Republican is better than the best Democrat.

    The bottom line is helping Perdue should be everyone’s top priority. It is somewhat disturbing when I have a Reagan Republican school teacher ask me what is so wrong with Mark Taylor. Voters need to be reminded of all the good conservative legislation that Mark Taylor and Tom Murphy helped block before the GOP took over.

  35. Chris says:

    I think its probably a good thing for Georgia that we didn’t elect the guy who spread the rumors about McCain, since Huckabee won his last primary and McCain is the nominee now.

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