A second post, again on the Cagle-Reed (or is that Reed-Cagle?) race.
Polls. Erick and get to see early results from a ton of them, both at the national and local level. As we all know, however, the real poll is election day. I’m also a big fan of anectdotal evidence as a gauge of how things might go. To that end, I’ve been doing my own polling over the last few weeks. Mostly conservatives, mostly on the “Big Race”.
Subject 1: Conservative, retired schoolteacher in Forsyth County. Not politically active, but regular voter in generals and primaries. Completely disgusted with the Reed-Cagle advertisements on TV. Doesn’t really identify with either candidate. Perhaps will pull the “R” lever in the general, but likely to skip over that race on Tuesday.
Subjects 2: Group of guys, middle-right. Poker night. Idle chit chat about the races, some jokes about how nasty the ads have been. I ask – “Who are you going to vote for?”. One response: “Whoever’s name is first”. A third guy says “Hey, not a bad idea”. Another: “Doesn’t make me want to vote, I probably won’t get there”.
In the last two weeks, I haven’t found one person that can repeat to me the positive qualifications of either candidate. I’m not talking about things like “A Stronger Georgia” and “The Right Person At The Right Time”. Our brains FILTER that stuff. Neither Reed nor Cagle has endeared themselves to Georgia voters, in my opinion. And at the risk of being called a shill, I think that favors Reed.
And I still haven’t decided who to vote for.