Georgia

Palin's Pick Wins Gov. Primary

Score another point for Sarah Palin's Mama Grizzlies: Karen Handel, Georgia's former secretary of state whose candidacy was buoyed by Palin's endorsement, handily won the Republican gubernatorial primary Tuesday night with 64 percent of the vote. Though her victory was decisive, she didn't quite earn enough to avoid a run-off. For the Democrats, Roy Barnes won the primary and will continue his quest to regain the governor's seat he last held from 1999 to 2003. Handel started the race as a long shot, but positioned herself as an antidote to her "good old boy" opponents, ultimately benefitting from allegations of ethic violations against them.