Roy Barnes wins Georgia governor primary; GOP opponent still unknown

Georgia Democrat Roy Barnes will run for his old job after winning his party’s gubernatorial primary Tuesday. Barnes won a resounding victory over Attorney General Thurbert Baker, his closest competitor in the seven-man primary.

With about half the results counted, Barnes had a commanding lead with 63 percent of the vote to Baker’s 22 percent. The Associated Press declared him the winner. Barnes served one term as governor that ended in 2003.

The Republican gubernatorial primary, meanwhile, appears headed to a runoff between former Secretary of State Karen Handel and former Rep. Nathan Deal. The race hasn’t been called yet.

Barnes’s victory got the attention of the the Republican Governors Association, which called him “a lifetime politician and a personal injury trial lawyer.”

“While this is Roy’s fourth run at being governor of Georgia, we are confident the outcome in November will be so decisive that this will mercifully be his last,” Nick Ayers, executive director of the RGA, said in a statement. 

—This post was updated at 10:10 p.m. and 10:16