Glynn County GOP Straw Poll Results

Glynn County has some smart folks running their GOP. They figured out if they did an event the weekend of the GA/FL game debacle, they could get $25 per head for a straw poll from a mix of regulars and some of us out of town interlopers.

I attended the event. Good Shrimp. In & Out in less than 2 hours. Didn’t get to hear most of the candidates due to the layout/acoustics of the room, but most of the Gubernatorial candidates were there. Amazingly, I saw no presence of Jeff Chapman in his own backyard. He may have been there, but I didn’t recognize him.

Overall, I had a good time and enjoyed getting to see some old friends and meeting some of the candidates for the first time.

Below is a “direct cut & paste” of the results as distributed from the Glynn County GOP. The results for their State Senate race and ballot questions will be distributed separately.

Note: Votes Cast – 169

Governor Votes Percentage

John Oxendine 41 24%
Karen Handel 35 21%
Eric Johnson 35 21%
Jeff Chapman 19 11%
Austin Scott 16 9%
Nathan Deal 12 7%
Ray McBerry 3 2%
Undecided 8 5%

Secretary of State
Doug MacGinnitie 75 44%
Brian Kemp 52 31%
Undecided 42 25%

Attorney General
Sam Olens 87 51%
Max Woods 39 23%
Undecided 43 25%

Insurance Commissioner
Gerry Purcell 70 41%
Maria Sheffield 31 18%
Harold Logsdon 21 12%
Seth Harp 12 7%
Ralph Hudgens 8 5%
Stephen Northington 5 3%
Tom Knox 1 0%
Undecided 21 12%

Agriculture Commissioner
Gary Black 87 51%
Darwin Carter 49 29%
Undecided 33 20%

Board of Education
Kathy Cox 71 42%
Roger Hines 41 24%
Richard Woods 28 17%
Undecided 29 17%


  1. Jeff says:

    Let’s see how the Ox camp tries to spin this one. (I bet he plays it up to cover up the fact that he has to buy the “honors” he brags about.)

    Yes, it was pretty much in Johnson’s back yard (assuming you count the entire coast as his “backyard”), but Handel also had a strong showing about as far away from her home turf as you can get.

    This is one of the first I’ve seen though with Scott above Deal. Fluke or emerging trend? Time will tell.

    • B Balz says:

      Quote from Mr. Ox today RE: United Healthcare Fine:

      Oxendine said of United, “We’re going to keep fighting them until they get religion. We’re here to enforce the law. We will not hesitate to fine them again if they are late.”

      If elected, will Mr. Ox provide Georgians a repertoire of ridiculous quotes to cringe over? If so, would headlines read:

      “United Healthcare gets religion, fires all atheists” ?

      He really may win, too!

      • ReaganRepublican says:

        Here is another Ox quote
        “Karen Handel ,The candidate of Sonny Perdue. She has moved in and out of positions, basically, every two years. She has not served long in any one position. She has received the endorsement of several activist pro-gay political organizations in past elections after filling out their candidate surveys and attending Gay Pride parades. In terms of appealing to crossover voters in November, one just has to look at the long lines that were on TV every night during the last election to understand how independents and conservative Democrats feel about her management style.”

  2. appachtrail70 says:

    Jeff, he doesn’t have to spin a straw poll victory, he simply needs to repeat that he won.

    The real story is that Gerry seems to be doing real well everywhere and what the hell is Chapman doing.

    Deal is still trying to get North GA all for him, he will eventually move on to the southern part of the state.

  3. Silent Outrage says:

    Wow, I’m really surprised that Eric Johnson didn’t win this straw poll. He brought out his two biggest supporters on the coast – Jack and Libby Kingston and they were working the event for him and he still didn’t win.

    The Deal boomlet is over. He’s toast. He may be a nice guy, but he is now completely unelectable in the general election given his ethical issues relating to his inside deal with the state of Georgia and his unfortunate and inappropriate racial mistatement. However, Deal does have the largest staff of any of the campaigns and seems to have an entourage everywhere he goes – so something must be happening there.

    • tocallaghan says:

      Deal’s comments were unfortunate, but I still think any Republican who wins the primary wins the general election.

    • ReaganRepublican says:

      What are you smoking? Handel does not have a chance. Scott is right, she is clueless. There is a big difference between running a state and being Marilyn Quake’s personal assistant. Please, silent outrage, when was the last election you won? Man, we have to go way back don’t we. You are not competent, and neither is your boss[Handel]……

  4. tocallaghan says:

    When is the last time Gerry lost a straw poll? He seems to be consistently doing well, which is pretty impressive in a -what is it now- 7 person field.

  5. Ludwig Von Beachbum says:

    The GOP chair in Glynn County is very controversial and caustic. The fact is that he is in that position because no one else wanted it. He has also donated money to democrats. His first term in that position caused almost the complete GOP Glynn staff to resign. Just prior to this shrimp boil he was sending out e-mail referencing a boycott. In it he personally attacked the chairman of Defend Down Town Brunswick who were mostly made up of conservative republicans.

    As I write this the GOP chair is on the radio saying 300 people attended the event. That doesn’t match the poll numbers.
    Chapman had another event on his schedule from what I understand but I wouldn’t blame him for not taking part in any event the GOP Glynn chairman organizes.

    The GOP chair at a previous fund raiser placed or tried to place on the podium potential candidates for Chapman’s seat in a non election year. Seated at the table was Majority Leader Jerry Keen who voice his discontent to the chairman.

    • Fawkes says:

      I don’t think it wise of Chapman to go to another event in this case. Every big name gubernatorial candidate was at the shrimp boil. Regardless of how some of the Glynn County GOP feel, Chapman should have been there. Shouldn’t a candidate talk with people, even in the face of his/her enemies? I thought this was politics.

      • Ludwig Von Beachbum says:

        I think it is wise to have standards.

        Other than that Chapman has never lost an election in Glynn County. Wouldn’t it be wiser to politic in other areas?

        • Fawkes says:

          Neither Chapman nor Johnson won a Republican straw poll in their own backyards. I know the Ox was paying for votes, but still.

          • Ludwig Von Beachbum says:

            There has only been one straw poll that I can think of in Chapman’s back yard and that was orchestrated by someone that turns off Chapman supporters by the hundreds. i .e people that don’t like caustic and rude GOP chairmen. I wouldn’t call Glynn County Johnson’s back yard. It’s the yard where Johnson tried to keep a state toll both and people there was glad to see the district change.

            I was wondering if Ox drove himself to this event and the car survived ?

  6. NorthGAGOP says:

    Where is Johnson’s coastal Georgia base. Bad showing for Eric. Team Ox bought 10 – 15 tickets, so take that into account when you look at the results.

    Straw polls continue to show that Handel has statewide support.

    • ReaganRepublican says:

      The proof is in how much money she has raised???? Grass roots army of 9 statewide. It is really evident; you must be silent outrages side kick. Did he pick you up in Tennessee?

  7. Ag Smith says:

    Another good showing for Gerry Purcell, this time on the coast. This has to be 7, 8 or 9 victories (?), with wide margins among the party faithful.

  8. ChiefofStaff65 says:

    I am wondering about the growing support for Rep. Austin Scott. From what I heard, he had very few staffers there who did not vote. He also finished ahead of Deal, which is an interesting turn. Rumor has it that he has raised a lot of money quietly as well, although we will see Dec. 1. He may very well be in a position to put himself in a runoff.

  9. Ron2008 says:

    I stopped by on the way to Jacksonville. Should have just stayed in Glynn because the game was so terrible. Overall seemed like a ton of staff there. Oxendine had quite a few t-shirted people (including the lady adding up the results), Deal drove in with his posse of 6 staffers (Cars had Glynn County tags) Karen had 3 or 4 that I could tell , Kemp had about 10 in t-shirts, and the straw poll king Gerry Purcell was there with his crew of about 4.

  10. RollTide23 says:

    Gerry Purcell is for real. Not only is he winning in every straw poll, in every part of the state, but he is winning by double digits in a field of 7. Many times I have noticed he has a bigger percentage of the vote than the rest of the field combined…impressive.

    • Part-Time Atlanta says:

      That’s great. Between all those straw poll wins and all the money he is raising he’s sure to be the front runner after the next disclosure. By then he’ll have raised what, 250k, 500k?

  11. ReaganRepublican says:

    Lets get REAL. The 9th district will account for 30% of the GOP primary vote of which 90% will go for Deal. Deal being on the ticket and the hot congressional race will cause the 9th to jump from 21% in the last primary to 30% in this one. Deal will take Cherokee and compete fiercely in Cobb, Gwinnett, and middle Georgia. This will guarantee him a place in the top two. In the runoff the 9th will guarantee him victory. The truth may be hard to swallow. Simply put, DEAL with it. Nathan will be Georgia’s finest Governor yet.

    • ksuowls81 says:

      How could you be so blind. I use to be a HUGE Nathan Deal supporter, but the man is corrupt. I don’t see how you can be a Reagan Republican rooting for a man who used YOUR tax dollars to line his pockets. Wake up Georgians and stop being so naive, Ox and Deal are both corrupt. They may make it to a the primary run off, but if either of these two make it past the primary go ahead and mark Barnes, Baker, DuBose, or Poythress as the general election winner. As a life long Republican who has never voted for anything but Republican I may have to make an exception for this election or just not vote.

    • NorthGAGOP says:

      What are you smoking. Deal didn’t even take 40% of the straw poll vote in Union County, which is part of the 9th.

      The people of the 9th understand that you don’t elect a congressman that is more interested in lining their own pocket vs looking out for the people in the district.

      Deal brokers a meeting on water, concludes that he can;t do anything about it, so says have at it Sonny. The federal judge says congress has to act.

      Why would we want to bring a Washington back bencher back to Georgia to lead our great state? Deal with it, Deal hasn’t accomplished anything except making himself richer.

  12. ReaganRepublican says:

    Nathan will be the next governor, accept it. He is the most qualified candidate we have ever had. But beyond that, he is a decent, kind, fair man. Every once in a while the good guy wins, Nathan Deal is that good guy.

    • ksuowls81 says:

      Can’t reply to the fact that he has used your tax dollars to make himself a richer man. That’s good. Keep on with your delusional thoughts about Rep. Deal. Sad thing is that I use to want him to be the next Governor.

  13. Ludwig Von Beachbum says:

    I don’t know. From what I have been reading Deal is already trailing smoke. With those credentials we shouldn’t have a strong candidate like Ox who will be trailing smoke right around the corner when the AJC opens fire on him. Or when Joe Six Pack actually gets a chance to hear the spoon fed rich boy open up with that prissy fake down home diatribe .

  14. Ron2008 says:

    I like Gerry a lot. He really connects with voters in person but $9,700 in contributions really isn’t going to get you far in a statewide race.

  15. Ag Smith says:

    I think that was an early reporting. Nonetheless, I think it is obvious he is not running a traditional campaign. There is another way to look at it: if that is all the money he has used, how in the world is he doing so well with party regulars. I think he is doing he better with grassroots organizations. That should give great concern to the good old boys who belong to the club. I would not rule out him writing a nice check.

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