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The Georgia Secretary of State election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. Brian Kemp, a former state senator who had already announced his candidacy for the statewide office, was appointed Secretary of State by Republican Governor Sonny Perdue in January 2010 to fill the vacancy left behind by Karen Handel, who resigned to work full time on her gubernatorial campaign.[1][2]

In the primary election on July 20, Kemp defeated Doug MacGinnitie, commissioner of the Sandy Springs City Council, earning the Republican nomination for the general election. Libertarian David Chastain was unopposed in his party's primary. On the Democratic ticket, five candidates competed for the party's nomination: former state senator Gail Buckner, former member of the Georgia House of Representatives Georganna Sinkfield, small business owner Angela Moore, president of the non-profit PR 1776 Michael Mills, and Gary Horlacher, a partner with the largest certified minority-owner law firm in the country, Adorno & Yoss. Buckner garnered 35.1% of the votes in the Democratic primary, but needed more than 50% to secure her party's nomination. She and Sinkfield (the runner-up, with 22.6% of the vote) went head-to-head in a primary runoff contest on August 10, and Sinkfield won that contest with 61.8%, securing the Democratic nomination.

In November, Kemp was re-elected to his seat for a full term. Chastain claimed 4.2% of the vote, and despite her success in the primary runoff, Sinkfield fell short with 39.4% of the vote.

Race tracker

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2010 Ballotpedia Race Rankings for Georgia Secretary of State
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General election

Results

2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election[3]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Brian Kemp 56.4%
     Democratic Party Georganna Sinkfield 39.4%
     Libertarian Party David Chastain 4.2%
Total Votes 2,552,722

Endorsements

Brian Kemp

  • Can-Do Conservatives of America[4]
  • Rome News-Tribune, local newspaper[5]
  • Savannah Morning News, local newspaper[6]

Finances

According to the Georgia State Ethics Commission, as of October 26, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates:

Brian Kemp Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [7] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
July 1 - September 30, 2010[8] October 7, 2010 $288,650.27 $157,541.00 $9,537.00 $0.00 $357,236.20 $88,955.07
Georganna T. Sinkfield Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [7] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
August 5 - September 30, 2010[9] October 7, 2010 ($33,201.61) $215,453.40 $750.00 $0.00 $174,701.24 $7,550.55

Debate

October 17th - Atlanta Press Club

On Sunday, October 17th, the Atlanta Press Club played host to all three candidates in the race for Secretary of State contest.

Click here to view the entire debate

July 20, 2010 primaries

See also: Georgia gubernatorial election, 2010; Georgia Attorney General election, 2010

Donkey symbol.png Democratic primary

Candidates

Electoral results

2010 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary[14]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Gail Buckner 35.1%[15]
     Democratic Party Georganna Sinkfield 22.6%
     Democratic Party Angela Moore 20.4%
     Democratic Party Michael Mills 15.5%
     Democratic Party Gary Horlacher 6.4%
Total Votes 341,395

Even though Gail Buckner received the most votes, she failed to receive over fifty percent of those votes required by Georgia state law. A runoff election between the top two vote recipients, therefore, was required to decide who went on to the general election.

Endorsements

Gail Buckner

Gary Horlacher

Michael Mills

  • Al Tillman , President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) Macon-Bibb County chapter
  • Atlanta Stonewall Democrats, gay rights political group[21]
  • Georgia Association of Educators (GAE)[17]
  • Peanut Politics, blog[22]

Georganna Sinkfield

Finances

According to the Georgia State Ethics Commission, as of July 13, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates:

Gail M. Buckner Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [7] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
April 1 - June 30, 2010[24] July 9, 2010 $228,371.69 $22,140.00 $9,601.00 $0.00 $29,968.71 $220,542.98
January 1 - March 31, 2010[25] April 7, 2010 $219,745.05 $25,850.00 $0.00 $0.00 $17,223.36 $228,371.69
July 1 - December 31, 2009[26] January 8, 2010 $0.00 $220,275.00 $19,025.00 $0.00 $529.95 $219,745.05
Gary George Horlacher Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [7] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
April 1 - June 30, 2010[27] July 8, 2010 $283,364.46 $6,375.05 $4,175.55 $0.00 $49,148.63 $240,590.88
January 1 - March 31, 2010[28] April 7, 2010 $266,358.99 $22,000.00 $1,949.80 $0.00 $4,994.53 $283,364.46
July 1 - December 31, 2009[29] January 8, 2010 $167,628.95 $110,850.96 $1,840.70 $0.00 $10,124.72 $266,358.99
April 1 - June 30, 2009[30] July 7, 2009 $0.00 $169,625.15 $0.00 $0.00 $1,996.20 $167,628.95
Michael P. Mills Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [7] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
April 1 - June 30, 2010[31] July 7, 2010 $901.17 $18,824.00 $0.00 $0.00 $14,085.89 $5,639.28
January 1 - March 31, 2010[32] June 7, 2010 $304.99 $3,319.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2,722.82 $901.17
July 1 - December 31, 2009[33] January 8, 2010 $0.00 $13,229.00 $1,802.24 $0.00 $12,924.01 $304.99
Angela Moore Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [7] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
April 1 - June 30, 2010[34] July 8, 2010 $43,589.04 $17,897.50 $1,428.35 $0.00 $10,657.83 $50,828.71
January 1 - March 31, 2010[35] April 7, 2010 $11,179.69 $46,590.67 $0.00 $0.00 $3,001.63 $43,589.04
July 1 - December 31, 2009[36] January 5, 2010 $0.00 $19,165.00 $998.93 $0.00 $7,985.31 $11,179.69
Georganna T. Sinkfield Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [7] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
April 1 - June 30, 2010[37] July 15, 2010 $0.00 $165,332.77 $2,050.00 $0.00 $136,773.86 $28,558.91

August 10, 2010 primary runoff

Results

2010 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary Runoff[38]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Georganna Sinkfield 61.9%
     Democratic Party Gail Buckner 38.1%
Total Votes 100,666

Endorsements

Gail Buckner

Finances

According to the Georgia State Ethics Commission, as of August 6, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates:

Gail M. Buckner Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [7] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
6 Days Before Primary Run-Off[41] August 6, 2010 $220,542.98 $10,700.00 $5,260.00 $0.00 $21,041.34 $197,525.30
Georganna T. Sinkfield Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [7] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
6 Days Before Primary Run-Off[42] August 6, 2010 $28,558.91 $246,494.00 $0.00 $0.00 $171,480.66 ($33,201.61)

Gop logo2.jpg Republican primary

Candidates

Electoral results

2010 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary[45]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Brian Kemp 59.2%
     Republican Party Doug MacGinnitie 40.8%
Total Votes 609,478

Endorsements

Brian Kemp

Doug MacGinnitie

Finances

According to the Georgia State Ethics Commission, as of July 13, 2010, here is the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates:

Brian Kemp Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [7] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
April 1 - June 30, 2010[53] July 8, 2010 $208,069.21 $186,284.00 $17,917.23 $0.00 $105,702.94 $288,650.27
January 1 - March 31, 2010[54] April 7, 2010 $243,102.67 $24,305.00 $2,236.60 $0.00 $59,338.46 $208,069.21
July 1 - December 31, 2009[55] January 8, 2010 $255,660.15 $106,839.00 $10,533.10 $0.00 $119,396.48 $243,102.67
April 1 - June 30, 2009[56] July 6, 2009 $0.00 $267,170.00 $4,064.04 $0.00 $11,509.85 $255,660.15
Douglas J. MacGinnitie Campaign Finance Reports
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Contributions In-Kind [7] Other Sources Expenditures Cash on Hand
April 1 - June 30, 2010[57] July 8, 2010 $692,285.83 $158,431.45 $10,616.56 $0.00 $475,602.05 $375,115.23
January 1 - March 31, 2010[58] April 7, 2010 $704,592.38 $88,505.63 $6,291.50 $0.00 $100,812.18 $692,285.83
July 1 - December 31, 2009[59] January 8, 2010 $223,674.13 $551,596.34 $3,425.00 $0.00 $70,678.09 $704,592.38
April 1 - June 30, 2009[60] July 7, 2009 $0.00 $257,127.76 $3,744.65 $0.00 $33,453.63 $223,674.13

Controversies

Intimidation accusation

Supporters of Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp have accused Sandy Springs City Commissioner Doug MacGinnite, his challenger for the Republican nomination in the race for the statewide position, of using pictures taken of them and their children at a Kemp fundraiser to intimidate them. While the MacGinnite campaign acknowledged that they had indeed sent an unpaid volunteer to take photographs at the event in question on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, in Sandy Springs, the camp contends, however, that the amateur photographer was there to "document times when Kemp is raising money during working hours instead of dealing with state issues."[61] Still, State Representative Joe Wilkinson, who was present at the event, insists that the fundraiser did not begin until after working hours, but that the photographer was "taking photos of people arriving for the event, even when Kemp was not present."[61]

National Popular Vote Act

The National Popular Vote Act (NPVA) is part of a nationwide movement, backed mainly by prominent and influential left-leaning political activists, among them billionaire George Soros, seeking to undermine the electoral college. Rather then push for a federal amendment drastically altering this process or removing it altogether, proponents of NPVA are going from state-to-state requesting states legislatures to vote in favor of entering an interstate agreement whereby each of the respective individual states is required to "award state electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote plurality, despite the vote in their own states."[62] It is believed that if a coalition of individual states controlling at least 270 electoral votes is formed, it could effectively disable the electoral college without having to drag out a lengthy, and most likely unsuccessful, constitutional amendment process. The problem, critics argue, is that this directly undermines the procedural method of making changes to the United States Constitution that the Founding Fathers established over two-hundred years ago.

As of July 2010, only six states, none of them considered "battleground" or "swing" states, have entered the compact - New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Illinois, Washington, and Hawaii, after the state legislature overrode the veto by the governor. Gail Buckner, along with state senators Nan Orrock, Vincent Fort, Gloria Butler, and Valencia Seay, introduced the National Popular Vote measure, Senate Bill 134 (SB 134), to the Georgia State Senate on February 1, 2009, but nothing has happened with it since then.[63][64]

Voting hypocrisy accusation

Georgia

In late-June 2010, Douglas MacGinnitie launched a television advertisement rebuking incumbent Secretary of State Brian Kemp's credentials as a political conservative. The former Sandy Springs city councilman accused Kemp of defecting from the Republican Party three times and voting for Democrats: in 1996, 1998, and 2000, respectively.[65][66] Although voting records obtained from the Secretary of State prove the accuracy of this statement, upon closer examination the claim does not seem as incredulous. Since 1992, Kemp has voted a total of thirty-three times; of these, eight were in Republican primary contests. Kemp's campaign consultant, Joel McElhannon, argues that his client voted in Democratic races in order to have a say in local politics. Clarke County, where Kemp's hometown of Athens resides, is heavily Democratic and it is not unusual for conservatives to run as Democrats in order to be elected to public office.

MacGinnitie's voting record is not a clean-cut as the Secretary of State candidate likes to make it. Twice he participated in Democratic primaries - in the 1988 general primary runoff and then in the 1992 presidential primary. His campaign spokesman insists, however, that the candidate was using the ""Rush Limbaugh playbook" -- voting for the weakest Democrat to boost Republican chances for victory."[67]

Voting record accusation

At a Cobb County GOP breakfast in early June 2010, incumbent Secretary of State Brian Kemp accused his Republican primary opponent, Doug MacGinnitie, of having not voted "in a Republican primary for almost 20 years until 2008."[67][68] Voting records, however, suggest otherwise. Since 1988, MacGinnitie has voter a total of twenty-three times in the state; six of these were in Republican primary contests. In response, Kemp's campaign spokesman argued that in almost of those instances, they were for presidential elections; when it came to state Republican primaries, MacGinnitie was largely absent until 2008. And while MacGinnitie's campaign admits that their candidate's consistency in voting is far from perfect, critics contend that Kemp has repeatedly failed to distinguish between his opponent's state and national voting records.

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References

  1. Athens Banner-Herald "Brian Kemp appointed Georgia secretary of state" 4 Jan. 2010
  2. Red State "Karen Handel Aims to Win the GOP Gubernatorial Nomination in Georgia" 22 Dec. 2009
  3. Georgia Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results
  4. Can-Do Conservatives of America - Endorsements
  5. Rome News-Tribune "Keep Kemp in state" 25 Oct. 2010
  6. Savannah Morning News "Two more picks: Squires, Kemp" 26 Oct. 2010
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 As these are not cash contributions, they are not reflected in the reported ending balance.
  8. Georgia State Ethics Commission - Brian Kemp October 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  9. Georgia State Ethics Commission - Georganna Sinkfield October 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  10. Fresh Loaf "Gary Horlacher to run for Secretary of State" 28 April, 2009
  11. SWGA Politics "Gary Horlacher Has Some Competition for Democratic Nomination for Secretary of State" 27 Aug. 2009
  12. Georgia Federation of Democratic Women GRAPEVINE "Angela Moore announces for SOS" 15 Dec. 2009
  13. Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Qualifying suprises — and Roy Barnes hits TV today" 30 April, 2010
  14. Georgia Secretary of State - 2010 Primary Election Results
  15. Even though Gail Buckner received the most votes, she failed to receive over fifty percent of those votes required by Georgia state law. A runoff election between the top two vote recipients, therefore, was required to decide who went on to the general election.
  16. Georgia AFL-CIO - 2010 Endorsements
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Georgia Association of Educators - GAE announces 2010 statewide primary endorsements
  18. Blog for Democracy "GAE Releases Endorsements" 15 June, 2010
  19. Georgia Liberal "Secretary of State Endorsement" 1 June, 2010
  20. Teamsters Local 728 "Teamsters Local 728 Endorses Roy Barnes for Governor and Other Pro-Working Family Candidates for July 20th Primary Election" 2 July, 2010
  21. The GA Voice "Atlanta Stonewall Democrats issue endorsements in local, state races" 21 June, 2010
  22. Peanut Politics "Rundown of Peanut Politics Endorsements" 7 July, 2010
  23. 23.0 23.1 Public Broadcasting Atlanta "Sinkfield Picks Up Martin, Franklin Endorsements in Sec. of State Race" 6 June, 2010
  24. Georgia State Ethics Commission - Gail Buckner July 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  25. Georgia State Ethics Commission - Gail Buckner April 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  26. Georgia State Ethics Commission - Gail Buckner December 2009 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  27. Georgia State Ethics Commission - Gary Horlacher July 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  28. Georgia State Ethics Commission - Gary Horlacher April 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  29. Georgia State Ethics Commission - Gary Horlacher December 2009 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  30. Georgia State Ethics Commission - Gary Horlacher July 2009 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  31. Georgia State Ethics Commission - Michael Mills July 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  32. Georgia State Ethics Commission - Michael Mills April 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  33. Georgia State Ethics Commission - Michael Mills December 2009 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  34. Georgia State Ethics Commission - Angela Moore July 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  35. Georgia State Ethics Commission - Angela Moore April 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  36. Georgia State Ethics Commission - Angela Moore December 2009 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  37. Georgia State Ethics Commission - Georganna Sinkfield July 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  38. Georgia Secretary of State - 2010 Primary Runoff Election Results
  39. Georgia Liberal "Moore Endorses Gail Buckner for S.O.S." 7 Aug. 2010
  40. Atlanta Progressive News "APN 2010 Endorsements Pt. 3: Gail Buckner for Secretary of State" 31 July, 2010
  41. Georgia State Ethics Commission - Gail Buckner 6 Days Before Primary Runoff Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  42. Georgia State Ethics Commission - Georganna Sinkfield 6 Days Before Primary Runoff Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  43. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Kemp jumps into secretary of state race, shows backing" 4 March, 2009
  44. Peach Pundit "Doug MacGinnitie Enters the SoS Race" 5 March, 2009
  45. Georgia Secretary of State - 2010 Primary Election Results
  46. 46.0 46.1 Gwinnett Daily Post "POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Georgia Right to Life endorses state candidates" 16 June, 2010
  47. Jackson Herald Today "EDITORIAL: Kemp for Secretary of State" 23 June, 2010
  48. Republican Liberty Caucus of Georgia "Republican Liberty Caucus of Georgia Announces Endorsement of Brian Kemp for Georgia Secretary of State" 9 July, 2010
  49. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Your morning jolt: Brian Kemp runs with governor’s endorsement; tea party leaders say no to GOP split" 6 Jan. 2010
  50. Peach Pundit "MacGinnitie Endorsed By Cobb 912 Project" 22 Feb. 2010
  51. SWGA Politics "Press Release: Cobb 912 Project Endorses Doug MacGinnitie for Secretary of State" 23 Feb. 2010
  52. SWGA Politics "SWGAPolitics.com Endorsements" 1 July, 2010
  53. Georgia State Ethics Commission - Brian Kemp July 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  54. Georgia State Ethics Commission - Brian Kemp April 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  55. Georgia State Ethics Commission - Brian Kemp December 2009 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  56. Georgia State Ethics Commission - Brian Kemp July 2009 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  57. Georgia State Ethics Commission - Douglas MacGinnitie July 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  58. Georgia State Ethics Commission - Douglas MacGinnitie April 2010 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  59. Georgia State Ethics Commission - Douglas MacGinnitie December 2009 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  60. Georgia State Ethics Commission - Douglas MacGinnitie July 2009 Campaign Contribution Disclosure Report Summary
  61. 61.0 61.1 The Florida Times-Union "Kemp’s supporters say opponent using intimidation tactics" 9 June, 2010
  62. Telegram & Gazette "Massachusetts should reject National Popular Vote Plan" 14 Feb. 2008
  63. National Popular Vote - Georgia
  64. National Popular Vote - Georgia SB 134
  65. YouTube "Brian Kemp's Record" 23 June, 2010
  66. PolitiFact Georgia "When you were casting your vote for Republicans, Brian Kemp was voting for Democrats" 23 June, 2010
  67. 67.0 67.1 PolitiFact Georgia "Says his GOP challenger, Doug MacGinnitie, "hadn’t voted in a Republican primary for almost 20 years until 2008" 5 July, 2010
  68. YouTube "Kemp Sets Record Straight About Doug's Hypocrisy" 9 June, 2010