Christine O'Donnell and 5 other races where Sarah Palin's nod counted

By , Staff writer

2. Georgia governor

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    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during a rally for Georgia Republican gubanatorial candidate Karen Handel, background, Monday August 9, 2010 in Atlanta. Handel will face Nathan Deal in a runoff Tuesday for the Republican nomination.
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In the end, Palin’s candidate, Karen Handel, lost. She was edged out in a bitter runoff election by former US Rep. and establishment candidate Nathan Deal. But Palin was a major factor in the race, bringing Handel national media attention and boosting her to a favored status. The close race, which became vitriolic near the end, may have lingering effects on Georgia’s GOP politics.

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