As governor-elect Nathan Deal prepares to take on the role as Georgia’s 82nd Governor, he will be facing some tough challenges.  As only the second Republican governor since Reconstruction in Georgia, Deal’s election saw an electoral sweep for the Republican Party.  Since the GOP sweep, 8 Democrats have switched parties to be on the majority side.

Still, Deal is vowing to work with both parties in the legislature.  He told the Atlanta Journal Contitution on Monday, " I think it’s important for me to have a good working relationship with the leadership of the house and senate and I have that and will continue to keep it in place. And to have a good working relationship with the members of the senate. They are the ones who are going to make the hard votes and that means reaching out to both parties."