1. Bull Moose says:

    Run, drop out, whatever, it doesn’t matter, you’re not going to run. You’re an arrogant jerk of a candidate and you’re just not in position to rally the troops to victory.

    Karen’s the better candidate (and qualified too). You should be ashamed of yourself for the way you conducted yourself during this race.

  2. bowersville says:

    Since when does Stephens consider being a jerk vs. the good of the GOP. I fully expect him to continue to the demise of our party, PAC money and all.

  3. Bull Moose says:

    Let me clarify to say that I meant to say that, whatever you do, Stephens, you’re not going to win.

    Handel is by far the more conservative, better qualified, and more personable candidate.

  4. bowersville says:

    Handel has 25,000 votes on Stephens, explain how Stephens overcomes that? Does Stephens just waste our money due to his own ego or what?

  5. atlantaman says:

    Well since most of Charlie Bailey’s campaign was spent bashing Bill Stephens, I think the majority of his supporters will go to Handel.

  6. HSC Republican says:

    That is a ticket to get execited about
    Putting GA FIRST!

  7. techtrack says:

    in reviewing the number i found:

    handel won every major metro region in the state, atlanta, macon, augusta, columbus, savannah.

    handel beat stephens in over 100 counties.
    bailey beat stephens in 7 counties.
    martin beat stephens in 5 counties.

    stephens please go back to the mountains and save yourself the heart ache of losing the run-off.

    let us have the strongest most ethical ticket for the governor in november

  8. debbie0040 says:

    I think Karen will win and I support her whole heartedly, but you guys are out of line for asking Stephens to bow out. That is like saying charge…

  9. Ben Raspail says:

    Erick- Typically you’re pretty lucid so you must have had too much to drink or something last night watching the returns come in. If there would have been three women and one man in this primary, the results would have been 180 degrees different. Ultimately, voters didnt know who the hell they were voting for in this down-ballot race (as evidenced by the fact that Bailey and Martin pulled a combined 23 percent because, let’s face it, they were barely even candidates).

    The uninformed voters (folks who weren’t touched by either major campaign) walked into those polling places and followed one of two trains of thought: 1) Hey, here are three dudes running against a chick and naturally Secretaries are women so I’ll vote for the chick, or, 2) I’m gonna vote for one of these three dudes, eenie meenie minee moe… Obviously, Handle would have the advantage in either of those situations. Those uninformed voters won’t show up in the run-off…

  10. Brian from Ellijay says:

    How did Bill stay on her heels then? She was not that far ahead, especially since she had 83,000 extra votes last night in North Fulton. How many of those turn out for a runoff? 😉

    Stephens 06

  11. techtrack says:

    brian from eljay,
    you really need to check your facts, there were 31,638 total republican votes cast in fulton. handel took about 160,000 votes statewide stephen took about 120,000 satewide. handel beat stephens by 40,000 statewide

  12. Chazz Reinhold says:

    If everyone is now suddenly so concerned about the “good of the party,” why didn’t you plead with Bailey and Martin to bow out months ago, or Greer and Strickland in the Ag Commish race for that matter? It was quite obvious that Stephens and Handel and Kemp and Black were the only viable candidates in their respective races. The run-offs were inevitable. Isn’t it a little pompous to now browbeat other candidates from the anonymity of a pen name and keyboard when they have all earned the right to move on to the next round? Just let the democratic process run its course.

  13. techtrack says:

    ben raspail,
    that’s about the poorest spin i’ve ever heard.

    according to stephens web site and bill shipp – “he’s going to be tough to beat”. he’s a former majority leader of the senate, has this great red map of all the counties that are supporting him from a legislative perspective, and loses over 100 counties. i think handel took 4 or 5 of the 17 counties that stephens has represented in his “distinguished” senate career.

    lets give sonny the strongest most ethical ticket in november. handel will help him in the metro are, make that every metro are in the state, and with women, even secretaries

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