Governor Barnes on Election

Voters turned out in surprisingly high numbers yesterday to decide what turned out to be a historic day in Georgia and in South Carolina. Georgia will be making history as republican challenger Sonny Perdue becomes the first republican governor of Georgia in over a century.

Perdue, a former state senator from Warner Robins, voted in his hometown of Bonaire Georgia Tuesday and appeared to be the victor by midnight, maintaining a solid lead over democrat incumbent Governor Roy Barnes, who conceded just after midnight.

"I talked to Sonny Perdue earlier," said the governor. "I pledged to him, as I pledge to all of you, that this will be an orderly transition."

Democrats have controlled the governor's office since 1872. Georgia was the only state that did not elect a republican governor during the 20th century.