Incumbent Governor Sonny Perdue (R) was ineligible to seek re-election due to term limits. The Republican primary featured four candidates who received over 15% of the vote in the first round: former Secretary of StateKaren Handel, former U.S. Representative Nathan Deal, former Georgia State SenatorEric Johnson, and Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine. Handel, Deal, and Johnson all resigned their offices during or shortly before the campaign. Because no candidate received a majority of the vote, the race went to a runoff between the top two candidates, Handel and Deal.
Deal won the runoff narrowly, with a margin of about 0.4%, or 2,519 votes out of 579,551 cast. The Democratic nomination was won easily by former Governor Roy Barnes without a runoff; his most prominent opponent was Attorney GeneralThurbert Baker.
Other State Executive Officer positions that will be on the ballot include Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State School Superintendent, Commissioner of Insurance, Commissioner of Agriculture, Commissioner of Labor, and a seat on the Georgia Public Service Commission.
Two measures, both legislatively referred constitutional amendments, will be on the ballot: the Trauma Care Funding Amendment (Impose $10 fee on car registration; funds directed to trauma care centers) and the Employment Contract Enforcement Amendment (Allow the enforcement of contracts that restrict competition during or after the term of employment).