Georgia election 2010: Columbus voting light as Karen Handel, Nathan Deal, Roy Barnes vie for governor’s seat

Voting has been slow today across Columbus as people across the state turn out to cast ballots in the state’s primary election.

Focus has been on the governor’s race, with Republican Karen Handel surging in the polls after an endorsement from Sarah Palin. Republicans hoping to thwart her attempts to take on the Democratic winner in November include former insurance commissioner John Oxendine, former U.S. Congressman Nathan Deal and former state Senator Eric Johnson.

Polls have shown former governor Roy Barnes as likely taking the Democratic primary.

“It’s light,” said elections director Nancy Boren of the turnout. “It’s really light. It’s not raining. That’s good. Rain usually affects turnout.”

Voters also will decide primary winners in races for attorney general insurance commissioner and all members of the state’s General Assembly.

The polls remain open until 7 p.m.