Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

First Step in Choosing a Successor Millner, Barnes Ahead

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

First Step in Choosing a Successor Millner, Barnes Ahead

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ATLANTA -- Republican temporary-services magnate Guy Millner

headed into yesterday's Republican governor primary betting the

third time would be the charm for his political aspirations.

Early returns from last night showed that Millner was leading

the field of Republican candidates with a majority capable of

avoiding a primary runoff.

On the Democratic side, State Rep. Roy Barnes hoped Democratic

voters would treat him better than they did the last time he ran

for governor in 1990. Early returns showed Barnes ahead, but not

enough to avoid a possible Aug. 11 runoff.

Early on, Millner led former Attorney General Michael Bowers,

Christian activist Nancy Schaefer and health-care executive

Bruce Hatfield.

In the Democratic primary, Barnes led Secretary of State Lewis

Massey, Former Labor Commissioner David Poythress, and state

Sen. Steve Langford, D-LaGrange.

Bringing up the rear were Morris James and Carlton Myers.

Runoffs are held between the top two voter-getters if no

candidates receive a majority.

Yesterday's primaries were the first step toward replacing

Gov. Zell Miller, who was barred by the Georgia Constitution

from running for another term.

Barnes ran against Miller in 1990 for the Democratic

gubernatorial nomination, but finished third in the primary.

Miller went on to win his first term.

In 1994, Miller won a second term by beating Millner.

Millner also won the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in 1996,

only to lose in the general election to Max Cleland.

A little more than a year ago, Bowers was the Republican

favorite and Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard the likely Democratic

nominee.

However, Bowers' chances were badly damaged by his admission of

a more than decadelong extramarital affair, and Howard dropped

out of the race.

That left the door open for Millner, Barnes and Massey.

Millner, founder of Norrell Temporary Services, has promised to

eliminate the state's auto tag tax, improve teacher standards

and cut elementary school class sizes. …

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