It’s been a while, but here’s the results of a new straw poll from Union County (Blairsville, GA) that was held Saturday evening.
Normally, I just do a cut and paste, but it’s late. It’s the weekend. There were no Sunday sales today, but I went out, so a few comments….
I’m told Dr. Christopher Cates, R-Emory, invested heavily in the straw poll. He still didn’t win. But Bill Stephens placing third (behind Cates and my endorsed first place candidate Tom Graves) is news. It’s the first sign of life from Stephens in a while, and moved Lee Hawkins, (generally accepted in polite company to be the other guy in a runoff with Tom Graves) with a forth place finish.
Nathan Deal won a plurality in his home territory, but was just over 1/3 of votes. Hard to call that a decisive victory. Karen Handel came in second, My BFF John Oxendine third, and Eric Johnson barely edging out Austin Scott for 4th and 5th, respectively.
There appear to be less than postive feelings for incumbents, though two who are unoppsed by serious candidates still poll above 2/3’rds of the crowd. Isakson took 67% of the vote, with Casey Cagle took 68% of the vote. But incumbent Kathy Cox took a bit of a tumble with 28% of those polled.
Sonny’s boy Brian Kemp managed to keep 36% of the party faithful in line (to Doug MacGinnitie’s 57%). Doug continues to impress at grassroots events that are not held in Brian Kemp’s parents house.
Gerry Purcell knocked it out of the park in the Insurance commissioner’s race, with 47%, and the only candidate not in single digits.
Melvin Everson for Labor Commissioner and Gary Black for Agriculture both polled similar to incumbents Isakson and Cagle, with roughly 2/3 of the vote.
The Attorney General’s race continues to be among the most competitive, with Olens beating out Woods 44 to 37.
Full results can be found here. Sock puppets rejoice below.