The 2010 special election for the 9th congressional district of Georgia was held on May 11, 2010 to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Republican U.S. Representative Nathan Deal, who wished to concentrate on his campaign for Governor of Georgia. As no candidate received a majority in the special election, a runoff was held on June 8, 2010. The special election had originally been scheduled for April 27, but was postponed for the benefit of military and overseas voters.
Nathan Deal announced he was running for governor on May 1, 2009, and announced on March 1 that he would resign from Congress effective March 8 to pursue his candidacy. He was, however, persuaded to postpone his resignation until after voting on the Senate health care reform bill and health care reconciliation bill. On March 21, less than 10 minutes after the final vote, he officially resigned.
The following candidates have qualified for the ballot:
No candidate won a majority of votes on May 11, so a runoff election was held between the two leading candidates, Lee Hawkins and Tom Graves.