Karen Handel

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Karen Handel
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Current candidacy
Running for U.S. Senate, Georgia
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Georgia Secretary of State
In office
2006-2010
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Karen Handel (born April 30, 1962, in Nashville, Tennessee) was the Republican Georgia Secretary of State from 2006 until 2010.

Handel was a Republican candidate for the open U.S. Senate seat in Georgia in 2014.[1][2] She officially announced her candidacy on May 17, 2013.[2] Handel was defeated in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[3]

Handel previously announced her candidacy for the state's 2010 gubernatorial race in March 2009.[4] Undoubtedly due to potential ethical questions regarding her role as chief election official while simultaneously running for the governorship, Handel announced in late-December 2009 that she would resign as Secretary of State.[5] Despite placing first in the state's primary election on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, she fell about roughly 2,500 votes short in securing the party nomination three weeks later. In her concession speech the night of the primary runoff election, Handel endorsed her opponent, Nathan Deal, in the race against former governor Roy Barnes.[6]

Political career

Handel served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Vice President Dan Quayle's wife, Marilyn, in 1989 promoting breast cancer awareness. It was during this time that initiatives like October becoming National Breast Cancer Month, the National Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure was established, federal funding for breast cancer research was increased, and the Office of Research on Women's Health was established at the National Institute of Health.

She served as President and CEO of the Greater Fulton County Chamber of Commerce, where she was directly responsible for working with state, local, national and international organizations to bring job growth to north Fulton County. During her tenure, Handel discovered that the GNDC Chamber was near fiscal insolvency after an employee was found to have embezzled nearly all of the chamber's funds, and successfully managed the once-troubled organization through financial turbulence

In 2002, she was named Deputy Chief of Staff in the administration of Governor Sonny Perdue, where she served as a policy advisor and supervisor of constituent services, the Governor's Mansion, and general administration services.

Handel was elected by the public in a special election held in November 2003 to replace Mike Kenn as Chairman of the Fulton County Commission. She received both state and national media attention for exposing corruption within the sheriff's department that, in turn, led to the incumbent sheriff's resignation. It was also during her tenure that she was able to pass the strongest county government ethic policies in the state.

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Georgia, 2014

Handel was a Republican candidate for the open U.S. Senate seat in Georgia in 2014.[1][7] She officially announced her candidacy in the election in 2014 on May 17, 2013.[2] Handel was defeated in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[3]

U.S. Senate, Georgia Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Perdue 30.6% 185,029
Green check mark transparent.pngJack Kingston 25.8% 155,833
Karen Handel 22% 132,556
Phil Gingrey 10% 60,557
Paul Broun 9.6% 58,177
Derrick Grayson 1% 6,029
Art Gardner 0.9% 5,699
Total Votes 603,880
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Polls

Republican primary candidates
Poll Phil Gingrey Paul BrounKaren HandelJack KingstonDavid PerdueEugene YuDerrick GraysonArt GardnerOther/UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
InsiderAdvantage
May 18, 2014
11%10%17%17%26%0%0%0%18%+/-3.3852
InsiderAdvantage
May 12-14, 2014
9%10%17%19%27%0%0%0%9%+/--1,182
RosettaStone
May 12, 2014
7%11%20%18%22%0%0%0%22%+/-3.4800
SurveyUSA
May 8-12, 2014
10%10%16%19%27%0%3%1%14%+/-4.0634
Saint Leo University
May 5-6, 2014
8%13%15%16%26%0%1%0%15%+/-4.0689
InsiderAdvantage
April 13-15, 2014
9%11%13%15%19%0%0%0%33%+/-3.4804
Landmark/RosettaStone
March 23-24, 2014
13%15%10%15%21%0%0%0%25%+/-4.0600
InsiderAdvantage
March 23-24, 2014
8%10%5%15%17%0%0%0%45%+/-3.26859
Hicks Evaluation Group/Apache Political Communication
February 13-16, 2014
10%11%10%11%13%0.3%5%8%43%+/-3.25926
The polling company, Inc/Woman Trend
January 31-February 1, 2014
19%13%14%11%8%2%7%0%0%+/-3.9600
Public Policy Polling
August 2-5, 2013
25%19%13%15%5%0%0%0%20%+/-4.3520
Landmark/RosettaStone
March 28, 2013
22%16%14%8%1%0%0%0%39%+/-4.1570
AVERAGES 12.58% 12.42% 13.67% 14.92% 17.67% 0.19% 1.33% 0.75% 23.58% +/-2.86 753
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Democratic primary candidates
Poll Branko Radulovacki Michelle NunnSteen MilesTodd RobinsonUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SurveyUSA
May 8-12, 2014
5%59%7%10%19%+/-4.2549
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

2010

See also: Georgia gubernatorial election, 2010
2010 Race for Governor - Republican Primary[8]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpgKaren Handel (R) 34.1%[9]
Nathan Deal (R) 22.9%
Eric Johnson (R) 20.1%
John W. Oxendine (R) 16.9%
Jeff Chapman (R) 3.0%
Ray McBerry (R) 2.5%
Otis Putnam (R) 0.4%
Total votes 678,880
2010 Race for Governor - Republican Primary[10]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Nathan Deal (R) 50.2%
Karen Handel (R) 49.8%
Total votes 578,673

2006

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2006 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary[11]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Karen Handel (R) 43.6%[12]
Bill Stephens (R) 32.6%
Charlie Bailey (R) 13.8%
Eric Martin (R) 10.0%
Total votes 368,439
2006 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary Run-Off[13]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Karen Handel (R) 56.6%
Bill Stephens (R) 43.4%
Total votes 171,129
2006 Race for Secretary of State - General Election[14]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Karen Handel (R) 54.1%
Gail Buckner (D) 41.8%
Kevin Madsen (Libertarian) 4.1%
Total votes 2,063,298

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Handel's reports.[15]

Karen Handel (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2013$0.00$154,015.08$(3,956.80)$150,058.28
October Quarterly[17]October 15, 2013$150,058.28$286,414.38$(124,495.51)$311,977.15
Year End[18]January 31, 2014$311,977$169,781$(153,836)$327,921
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2014$327,921$295,682$(236,809)$286,795
Running totals
$905,892.46$(519,097.31)

2006

2006 Race for Secretary of State - Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,163,650
Total Raised by Primary Opponent $946,640
Total Raised by Gen. Election Opponent $463,700
Top 5 Contributors George Berkow Inc. $13,000 (1.12% of Total)
David Shafer Senate Committee. $12,000 (1.03%)
The Loose Group $10,000 (0.86%)
Roberts Properties Residential $10,000 (0.86%)
Fourth Quarter Properties XII $10,000 (0.86%)
Individuals v. Institutions $621,693 (53.4%)
$427,970 (36.8%)
In v. Outside State $1,107,903 (95.2%)
$55,747 (4.8%)

See also

External links

Georgia

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Washington Post, "Kingston joins Republican Senate field in Georgia" accessed May 2, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Huffington Post, "Karen Handel Senate" accessed May 17, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Associated Press, "Georgia Election Results," accessed May 20, 2014
  4. Fresh Loaf, "Karen Handel enters governor’s race" 27 March, 2009
  5. Red State, "Karen Handel Aims to Win the GOP Gubernatorial Nomination in Georgia" 22 Dec. 2009
  6. USA Today, "Karen Handel concedes in close Ga. governor’s race" 11 Aug. 2010
  7. Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Jack Kingston declares for U.S. Senate -- and Karen Handel says, 'Don't forget me'" accessed May 2, 2013
  8. Georgia Secretary of State - 2010 Primary Election Results
  9. Even though Karen Handel 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.
  10. Georgia Secretary of State - 2010 Primary Runoff Election Results
  11. Georgia Secretary of State - 2006 Republican Primary Election Results
  12. Even though Karen Handel 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.
  13. Georgia Secretary of State - 2006 Republican Primary Run-Off Election Results
  14. Georgia Secretary of State - 2006 General Election Results
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Karen Handel 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 12, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 31, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 12, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Year End," accessed May 3, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 3, 2014


Political offices
Preceded by
Cathy Cox
Georgia Secretary of State
2007–2010
Succeeded by
Brian Kemp