Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011
ATLANTA (AP) -- Herman Cain's longshot bid for the White House hardly earned any national attention when he announced his candidacy in May. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's campaign almost imploded soon when his top aides walked out on him.
But the two Republican candidates from Georgia made their impact on the GOP presidential race, which was voted the top Georgia story in 2011. Cain briefly emerged as a front-runner in the contest before suspending his candidacy in the face of sexual misconduct allegations. Gingrich remains near the top of some polls as a leading alternative to Mitt Romney.
Other top stories include the execution of Troy Davis, the outbreak of tornadoes that killed 15 people in Georgia and more than 300 across the region, and the ice storm that crippled many parts of the state for days. State legislators also made big news with a new immigration crackdown, cuts to the popular Hope scholarship and a vote that set the stage for the Sunday sale of alcohol.
(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)