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Deal wins 120 counties with a strong showing in South Ga.
Gov.-elect win 70 to 80 percent in North Ga.
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Tuesday's election results showed that Georgians vote rather predictably.

Gov.-elect Nathan Deal won the most votes in 120 of Georgia's 159 counties, reflecting the state's conservative tone.

He swept his former congressional district in North Georgia, drawing upwards of 70 and 80 percent of the vote in many counties. Deal also had a strong showing in South Georgia.

Democrat Roy Barnes carried the majority of the state's urban areas.

Counties surrounding Atlanta, Savannah, Athens, Augusta, Macon, Columbus and Albany all voted Democratic.

"No surprise there. That's precisely where Democrats are generally doing quite well," said Charles Bullock, a professor of political science at the University of Georgia.

Fulton, DeKalb, Rockdale and Clayton counties voted Democratic, though a few metro Atlanta counties that have voted Democratic in past elections supported Deal.

"(Democrats) don't quite carry Douglas County, to the west of Atlanta," Bullock said. "That voted for (President Barack) Obama as well as (Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim) Martin two years ago."

Democrats saw success in a number of middle Georgia counties, which can likely be attributed to the large black population, which tends to vote Democratic.

Georgia's political map has looked almost the same in every election since 2002.

"If you were to go back and look at 1998, you would see a dramatic difference," Bullock said. "In 1998, the last good year for Democrats in Georgia, Democrats carried most all of South Georgia ... as well as carrying much of Northeast Georgia."

Barnes put much of his campaign focus on South Georgia, hoping to regain the Democratic dominance the region once had.

Brooks County and Clinch County, which border Florida, went to Barnes. The biggest Democratic block was in the southwest corner of the state between Albany and Columbus. Some of those areas, such as Chattahoochee County, are small rural areas that contributed less than 1,000 votes to Barnes' total.

Bullock said it was much of this area that voted against the former governor when he sought re-election in 2002.

"Barnes' efforts this year had minimal success," Bullock said.

Deal won the race with 53 percent of the vote, a snug margin of victory seen by Republicans statewide.

Many voters vented their frustrations with Washington at the polls as the Republicans beat out Democrats for every statewide office.

"Georgia is a very red state." Bullock said. "If your name was on the Republican line you were going to win."