Gov. Nathan Deal is now officially the Republican nominee for his current job.
The governor easily beat a field of lesser-known, underfunded GOP rivals and moves on to a tougher fight with Democratic challenger State Sen. Jason Carter.
Deal has successfully campaigned on his conservative record so far and said there is no need to change.
The governor successfully pushed lawmakers to cutting taxes in Georgia.
Deal also pushed through a budget that spends about half a billion dollars more on K-through-12 education.
The governor signed a bill to expand gun rights to houses of worship and in non-secured parts of airports.
Deal has also led the way in opposing President Obama's policies like the Affordable Care Act and expanding Medicaid.
"We've shown conservative principles on which we've operated can gain support," Deal said. "If you have good idea, if you support them to the members of the general assembly and the public, people will support that."
The governor must contend with liabilities as well.
Deal took much of the blame for what many saw as a slow response to the first winter storm that crippled metro Atlanta.
Deal also must wrestle with the question of ethics.
A jury sided with a former Ethics Commission employee who said she was forced out of her job when she began aggressively investigating Deal's 2010 campaign finances.
Deal goes on to face Carter, who like Deal, is well-funded.
Carter also benefits from name recognition of his grandfather, former President and Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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