Earlier this week, Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine lost his primary bid for governor, according to results posted on the state’s election commission. Oxendine received 115,253 or 17% of 679,702 votes in the Republican race, losing to Karen Handel who received 231,715 or 34.1%. Handel is endorsed by Sarah Palin, former Republican presidential candidate and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. Roy Barnes won the Democratic spot with 258,875 or 65.6% of 394,589 total votes.
In the race for insurance commissioner, state Sen. Ralph Hudgens, R-Hull, won the Republican primary with 117,348 votes edging out Maria Sheffield who received 111,185or 19.6% of a total 566,516 votes cast. The Democratic candidate, Mary Squires, who ran uncontested, received 284,064 votes.