GOP runoff for Ga. gov may be too close to call

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010; News 12 at 11 o'clock

ATLANTA (AP) -- The bitter, Republican runoff for Georgia governor between former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal and ex-Secretary of State Karen Handel may be too close to call.

In unofficial returns Tuesday night, the candidates each claimed 50 percent of the vote with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Just over 3,500 separated the two with an unknown number of provisional ballots as well as overseas and military ballots yet to be counted.

Under Georgia law, the runner-up can request a recount if the margin is less than one percent of the total vote.

The three-week runoff between Deal and Handel has featured brutal attack ads, dueling endorsements from Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich and tough talk on the campaign trail.

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