It’s Obama v. Clinton for the Dems while Huck cruises

AJC poll: Obama, Clinton neck and neck in Georgia

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are in a tight race for the Feb. 5 Georgia Democratic primary, while Republican Mike Huckabee has opened up a major lead in the GOP race, an exclusive poll for the AJC found.

The survey found Obama leading Clinton, 36 percent to 33 percent, with John Edwards trailing with 14 percent.

Among Republicans, Huckabee enjoys a 31 percent to 18 percent lead over John McCain, with Mitt Romney a close third with 14 percent. Rudy Giuliani is fourth with 9 percent and Fred Thompson fifth with 8 percent.

The survey was taken before and after Tuesday’s New Hampshire primaries, which were won by Clinton and McCain.

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  1. SamTeasley says:

    Wait until you hear what Romney had to say about this; I think it will blow your mind.

    All I can say is, not too bright. Particularly if you see the favorability/unfavorability rating that both Huckabee and Romney have in GA.

  2. debbie0040 says:

    Go Mitt Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It is about to get fun!

    http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/news/stories/2008/01/11/romney_0111.html

    Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Friday that Mike Huckabee has won his last primary.

    Speaking via telephone with editors and reporters from the AJC, Romney said his campaign for the nomination remains strong and predicted that he will win Tuesday’s primary in Michigan.

    From there, Romney said, he’ll make “a strong push in South Carolina,” and be competitive in the Jan. 29 Florida primary, all of which will lead to Super Tuesday and the Feb. 5 Georgia primary.

    Huckabee, Romney said, is “taking a page from (Democratic candidate) John Edwards’ playbook” as “the guy for the little person.”

    Huckabee bested Romney in the Iowa caucus and Romney lost to Sen. John McCain in New Hampshire.

    Romney predicted that the South Carolina primary will come down to a fight between himself and McCain.

    Huckabee?s Georgia communications director Shawn Davis dismissed Romney’s comments.

    ?Considering Romney is trailing Huckabee in Michigan, South Carolina and everywhere we are competing, his comments seem to reflect a distressed campaign,? Davis said. ?I don?t see how his insults are going to improve his outlook here in Georgia.?

  3. Decaturguy says:

    Your little interparty squabble is really pretty funny. Once I thought that the Democratic Party was the most dysfunctional. No more.

    Romney and others in the GOP “establishment” are really the ones who are out of touch. They don’t understand that their broken coalition has a significant element that supports Ron Paul’s libertarianism and non-interventionalist foreign policy or Huckabee’s religious oriented big government conservatism. The religious voters and the “little person” (did Romney really use that term?) who have kept the GOP in power, have been duped so many times by the establishment that they are no longer taking their marking orders from then and want to nominate one of their own.

    What a mess. I’m glad it’s your party though.

  4. SamTeasley says:

    Favorability/Unfavorability in GA:

    Huckabee 70/10
    McCain 61/17
    Thompson 47/17
    Giuliani 46/16

    Romney 46/23

  5. Icarus says:

    Gee Debbie, kind of makes my post at 3:04 kind of prophetic, don’t you think?

    Start listening to me instead of Ralph Reed. You’ll go places.

  6. Rick Day says:

    Did they even mention the word “Ron Paul”?

    I swear the 50 Republicans who showed up at the RP Atlanta meet-up were so focused on strategy at the precinct level and didn’t squirm around for 2 hours while they plotted.

    I swear if they wanted those 50 dedicated volunteers alone could get me elected next mayor.

    Seriously. They are that good. This underestimation of RP and his sad army of tin hats will be quite the story, this time next year.

  7. Still Looking says:

    A Huckabee win in Michigan would be huge. It might knock Mitt out. It will give him a tremendous boost for Florida, too

  8. Brian Laurens says:

    Governor Romney knows what he is doing. While that comment might be questionable, he has the funds, organization, and support to run until after Feb. 5th. In fact he is the only candidate that has and will continue to campaign in every state.

  9. eburke says:

    The only thing Gov. Romney lacks is popular support. The meaner his campaign turns the less likely I am to support him.

  10. rugby_fan says:

    GOPeach:

    The unions have issued endorsements to both Republican and Democratic candidates.

    I never thought a Republican would be proud of getting a Union’s endorsement. They are kind of antithetical to Republican economic beliefs.

  11. John Konop says:

    Check this out!

    From Daily Kos

    In 1972, Republican voters in Michigan decided to make a little mischief, crossing over to vote in the open Democratic primary and voting for segregationist Democrat George Wallace, seriously embarrassing the state’s Democrats. In fact, a third of the voters (PDF) in the Democratic primary were Republican crossover votes. In 1988, Republican voters again crossed over, helping Jesse Jackson win the Democratic primary, helping rack up big margins for Jackson in Republican precincts. (Michigan Republicans can clearly be counted on to practice the worst of racial politics.) In 1998, Republicans helped Jack Kevorkian’s lawyer — quack Geoffrey Feiger — win his Democratic primary, thus guaranteeing their hold on the governor’s mansion that year.

    With a history of meddling in our primaries, why don’t we try and return the favor. Next Tuesday, January 15th, Michigan will hold its primary. Michigan Democrats should vote for Mitt Romney, because if Mitt wins, Democrats win.

    http://controlcongress.com/uncategorized/democrats-for-romney

  12. Brian Laurens says:

    Peach,

    How did you deduct auction from my statement? I named 3 things that any candidate running for any office must have if they are going to win. They must have a good candidate, money, or organization. The campaign can get away with only having two of these, but with less than two it is nearly impossible to win.

    So again I will state, Governor Romney has organization- for he is the only candidate running in every state that has a primary up until the 5ht of February. Governor Romney has a large support based that have contributed generously to his committee. Lastly, Romney does not make mistakes when speaking and can inspire people to make a difference- hence he is a great candidate.

  13. Bill Simon says:

    Sam,

    Do you consider a governor (i.e., Mike Huckabee in 1996) who works to release violent rapists 25 years earlier than their set release date, who within a year of their release happen to murder an innocent woman, to be a “favorable candidate?”

    If Huck was a Democrat, you would be ALL over him just like the Willie Horton event in the 1980s.

    (Of course, I know you were barely a 10-year-old when Willie Horton happened). 🙂

  14. GOPeach says:

    UNDER ROMNEY MURDERS & ROBBERY WENT UP!!!

    Romney became governor in January 2003 and left office in January 2007. Comparing the numbers between 2002 and 2006, we can calculate how crime rates changed in Massachusetts during the Romney administration.

    Murders went up from 173 in 2002 to 186 in 2006, for an increase of 7.5 percent. The murder rate — the number of people murdered per 100,000 people — moved up from 2.7 to 2.9.

    Robberies increased more than murders. Robberies in Massachusetts increased from 7,169 to 8,047, a jump of 12.2 percent. The robbery rate increased from 111.5 to 125.

    So what made the violent crime rate go down if murders and robberies went up? The biggest category decline under Romney was aggravated assault, which declined from 22,018 to 18,800, a drop of 14.6 percent.

  15. TrueConservative says:

    Laurens , you right, they must be a good candidate. Romney is anything but a good candidate. He is more hateable than Hillary Clinton. That is why he won the poll that asked ” who would you like to get in a bar fight with”. Everyone hates him, he is a rotten pagan, not presidential material.

  16. GOPeach says:

    Brian-

    Did you know that Mitt is not ” just a Momon” – he is a Bishop – Stake President in the Mormon church? He was a Mormon missionary to France.

    Mormonism would be practiced in the White House. I do not think that reflects the majority of Americans.

  17. John Konop says:

    GOPEACH

    I do enjoy reading your comments on the PP. But I do not think attacking Romney’s religion is wrong. I have met many Mormons and most have been wonderful people and very family oriented.

  18. Bill Simon says:

    Peach,

    For many of the past 7 years, stupidity has been practiced until it’s beccome an art form by the Bush Administration, and I know the majority of Americans don’t like THAT either.

  19. Brian Laurens says:

    LOL, Decosta- We can agree to disagree. The candidate only has to have two of those three to win. You can take out the candidate, and we still win:)

    Peach, Peach, Peach. Romney supporters all over Ga thank you for your help on PP. Keep the bigotry coming. It is appealing to you. But please do not act like you speak for all Christians. I am a Southern Baptist, and a very conservative one if that. Many of my friends also are- the conclusion that we have come to is that Governor Romney is the best candidate to President. He is not running for pastor or chairman of the church or the convention.

    Again thanks for espousing this hate all over online. We are gaining support daily because of it.

  20. GOPeach says:

    I wish I could say that Religion does not play into Politics but it actually does …. weather we like it or not.

    Ever studied Ancient Rome? America is 20 years from being as Rome.

  21. GOPeach says:

    John –

    I have great MORMON neighbors. They are VERY family oriented….. THAT is not what I am saying…

    I do not think we know enough about Mitt Romney. We need to look closer.

  22. TrueConservative says:

    I wonder how the Republican establishment thinks they will win without the conservative Christian base? After they have conspired against a good man in Mike Huckabee, do they think we will come crawling back and support their nominee? They are sadly mistaken. This conservative Christian will find it his duty is to become an independent and convince others in the Christian community to vote anything but Republican.

  23. Bill Simon says:

    Good going, True. Thank you for admitting to the world that you are nothing but a religious Fascist, and the furthest thing from a conservative you could possibly be.

    Heck, on your political spectrum, Hillary Clinton would be closer to the concept of a “true conservative” than you would or could ever be.

  24. GOPeach says:

    Honestly – I know plenty of Christians who want to leave the Republican Party because they feel like they are not welcomed. They hate being slammed on blogs by moderates, etc….

    I know some people who still go to those little breakfasts and such but NOTHING ever gets accomplished there any more….

    I remember when we used to go our and register voters as a party…. I never hear of this any more.

    I’d rather say home now and watch the sessions on-line and see how people are voting and send them e-mails….

    Anyway GAS is $3 a gallon.

  25. GOPeach says:

    Question: What does $585,000 buy you?

    Answer: It bought Mitt Romney backers a smear job against Mike Huckabee orchestrated by Beltway Insiders.

    The Club for Growth has an affiliated 527 group, Club for Growth.net, running anti-Mike Huckabee ads in early primary states.

    – At least $585,000 in contributions from Mitt Romney financial backers.

    – Club for Growth has spent $750,000 against Governor Huckabee in Iowa, South Carolina and Michigan. Here are donors that have donated both to Club for Growth.net* and Mitt Romney: Name: John Childs**

    Contribution to Beltway Group $100,000 on 11/16/07

    $100,000 on 12/31/07

    Contribution to Mitt Romney $2,100 on 1/8/07 Name: Bob Perry

    Contribution to Beltway Group

    $200,000 on 12/12/07

    Contribution to Mitt Romney $2,300 on 3/13/07

    Name: Kristen Hertel

    Contribution to Beltway Group

    $25,000 on 12/21/07

    $25,000 on 1/02/08

    Contribution to Mitt Romney $1,000 on 2/6/07

    Name: Muneer Satter

    Contribution to Beltway Group

    $25,000 on 12/21/07 $25,000 on 1/02/08

    Contribution to Mitt Romney

    $2,300 on 2/6/07

    Name: Michael Valentine

    Contribution to Beltway Group

    $40,000 on 1/3/08

    Contribution to Mitt Romney

    $2,300 on 4/4/07

    Name: Travis Anderson

    Contribution to Beltway Group

    $25,000 on 12/19/07

    Contribution to Mitt Romney

    $2,100 on 2/8/07

    Name: Richard Gaby

    Contribution to Beltway Group

    $20,000 on 12/19/07

    Contribution to Mitt Romney

    $1,000 on 2/12/07 * Only represents donors that contributed more than $20,000 to Club for Growth.net in 2007/2008. ** “Boston investor John Childs, who donated $2,100 to Romney in 2007, recently gave 100,000 to the Club for Growth.” [Morain, Dan. “Huckabee foes open their wallets for attack ads,” The Los Angeles Times. 1 January 2008.]

  26. IndyInjun says:

    Peach:

    The Fair???taxers spent $2.5 MILLION in Iowa backing Huckabee and are pushing him all over now.

    When they organized and were funded by Big Oil, it was on the promise that the $trillion in back taxes owed by these companies would be forgiven. It is a FACT that the moment the Fair???tax passes, they get a $trillion gift while Grandma gets a new 30% tax on her nursing home care.

    The Fair???tax organization operates without the requirement of public disclosure now. Is there any doubt that the same folks remain behind it, for the same reasons, and backing the same candidates who promise to deliver it to them?

    The word “FAIR” has been twisted beyond meaning as has Christian principle by these guys and their candidate.

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