published Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Everhart elected Georgia GOP party chairwoman

MACON, Ga. — Georgia Republicans have handed Sue Everhart another term as state party chairwoman, rejecting Gov. Nathan Deal’s pick to lead the GOP.

Everhart received 946 delegate votes at the party convention in Macon on Saturday, defeating Tricia Pridemore who got 755 votes.

Fulton County Republican Party Chairman Shawn Hanley dropped out after the first round of balloting.

The race for the volunteer post had become increasingly bitter. Deal was booed loudly Saturday when he took to the podium and voiced support for Pridemore.

Everhart loyalists credit the 65-year-old with helping lead the party to a sweep of statewide offices last year and say she’ll keep the party independent.

Supporters of Pridemore said the 39-year-old has the skills to broaden the party’s base and make better use of new media.

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