ATLANTA -

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal easily beat two challengers to win the Republican nomination, setting him up to run for re-election against former President Jimmy Carter's grandson.
    
Unofficial tallies showed Deal with a sizeable lead Tuesday night ahead of former Dalton Mayor David Pennington and State Schools Superintendent John Barge.

In a speech shortly after winning the primary, Deal said his campaign would continue focusing on keeping government small, keeping taxes low and giving Georgians freedom of choice in their children's education.
    
Now Deal will face Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter and Libertarian Andrew Hunt in November's general election. Carter did not face a contested Democratic primary Tuesday.
    
Democrats in Georgia are hoping that Carter can mount a serious challenge in a state where a Republican now holds every statewide office.