Peach Pundit Straw Polls: Governor

One of the commenters in the open thread today suggested a Peach Pundit Straw Poll. I thought that was an excellent idea. Here is the first of what will become a regular item over the next few weeks. Beginning today and ending at Midnight on Sunday night, you can vote in this poll.

Sorry sock puppets, you can only vote once, but you can discuss how your candidate’s results proves he/she is the most awesome candidate ever, or that the pro-choicers at have rigged the results.

One more thing: Be sure to check out the series of podcasts Jason has done with a number of candidates.


  1. Jace Walden says:

    How about a Peach Pundit 10 Million Dollar giveaway to Jace Walden?

    Hey, if it worked for LoyaltyIsMyHonor, it’s worth a shot.

    • Fred Smulavich says:

      So, I sign on at midnight excited to see the results – Chapman wins with 33% and a margin of almost 100! But I’m curious as to why the poll is still open…

      • oxforgov says:

        Chapmans votes went up around 500-600 between the hours of 11:00-1:30. This was truly blatant cheating!

        • Muselaw says:


          Senator Chapman sent out an email encouraging his supporters to vote in the poll last night around 11:15.

          If mobilizing your supporters is cheating, then I think we need to overhaul how all campaigns work.

          By your logic, I think candidates should avoid making any contact with their supporters suggesting they even vote for them, because that is truly blatant cheating as well.

          • drjay says:

            “By your logic, I think candidates should avoid making any contact with their supporters suggesting they even vote for them, because that is truly blatant cheating as well.”

            hasn’t that kind of been the chapman strategy thus far?

            • oxforgov says:

              Are you telling me that Chapman has around 1000 supporters that all happened to read their email and vote once between 3:00 p.m. earlier that day and 1:00 a.m.?

              • Fred Smulavich says:

                I’m telling you that when I got that email, I sent a message to every Chapman supporter I knew to go vote for him… Which, incidentally, happens to be a lot. It’s a rapidly expanding group, more than you’d think from reading the sock puppetry.

      • Go Dawgs! says:

        Because the powers-that-be are holding the polls open to allow Handel voters to vote late, later, and latest.

  2. Chris says:

    Are we sure only US Citizens are voting in this poll? I think everyone needs to post a scan of their driver’s license before they are allowed to vote.

  3. Eric Johnson vs. Debose Porter, eh? This kind of thing is why you have to take political blog discussion with a big grain of salt. Ultimately, we are not normal… on many levels! πŸ™‚

    • Hill Rat says:

      We should do a poll on who has the best ‘stache in Georgia politics. My vote is for Tom “Ned Flanders” Price.

      • Romegaguy says:

        only if there is a who has the best rug in Georgia politics. Between Tommy Smith and Thurbert, I would probably lean towards the blueberry farmer.

  4. Mayonnaise says:

    We are witnessing a Karen Handel voter spill into the marshes of Jeff Chapman.

    Peach Pundit Bus >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Karen Handel

  5. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    I’m voting for Chapman. I really thought I was maybe 1 of 4 Chapman supporters on this site.

    • Fred Smulavich says:

      Me too sir, me too. Hey, maybe we’re all coming out of the woodwork at the same time

    • Jimbo says:

      I plan to vote for Chapman as well. However, if on July 20 he is still polling at 2%, Oxendine is in the lead, and Handel and Deal are competing for the run-off, I might have to go for Handel.

  6. Hill Rat says:

    Under Megan’s Law, I am pretty sure that people who vote for Ray McBerry have to inform their neighbors and are prohibited from living within 2,000 feet of a playground or school and have to have a warning sign in their yard during Halloween.

  7. Debra says:

    I’m a hugh Jeff Chapman fan. I wish more people would go and meet him and listen to him speak. He is a breath of fresh air and would be great for Georgia! Join his facebook page he provides information on his appearances. I have heard him speak several times and I’ve been very impressed. Go to his web-site and read about him. You will not be disappointed.

  8. Ludwig Von Beachbum says:

    I can’t even see Eric has a default candidate. I tried but I keep thinking about the Jekyll Island land fraud deal with Linger Longer, Glenn Richardson and so on.

    It really isn’t fair that Jerry Keen is sent packing and Eric inherited Sonny’s money stream and runs for Governor. πŸ™‚

    Then you have Sonny Perdue in a skirt. nah

    Bad Insider Deal. nah

    Blue Light Oxy who would be a great cashier at a flower shop. nah

    McCherry Buster. nah

    I just cant saying thing about Otis because of respect for the Andy Griffith Show. Maybe he should be my default candidate.

    • apacheangel says:

      Don’t discount a candidate because of unsubstantiated allegations. Lies are bringing down a lot of candidates, I really wish people would look more closely into bad press and not just swallow it hook line and sinker.

  9. Janet Reno says:

    I noticed that the McBerrians are calling all parishioners to come and vote for the NAMGLA messiah, yet they still can’t break 3% !!!!

    It looks like there will be plenty of room on the tail of the comet!

  10. Jeff says:

    I voted “empty” in the actual ballot, “undecided” was as close to that as this poll got.

    Would have written in ANYONE else, but apparently neither NOTA nor write-ins are allowed in the GOP primary. But hey, they are known as tyrants for a reason…

          • Fred Smulavich says:

            I think he’s referencing when Karen said she wouldn’t be on stage with McBerry and Jeff said it wasn’t the job of opposing candidates to “play judge and jury” or something like that.

            Sounded reasonable to me. Seems like in the case of purported child molestation there should be some kind of legal action or consensus among GOP leaders. Karen blackballing him actually made it seem less serious than it really probably is. It suddenly became part of political theater and not a heinous crime.

            …But hey, maybe that’s just me.

  11. Pine Knot says:

    Chapman is beating Deal, and he is neck and neck with Handel. Hypothetical question. What are the regulars on here going to do if Ox gets the nomination? I hope it doesn’t happen and I do not think he will at all.

    • B Balz says:

      I asked that questions back in February. Ox has slid, but not fallen off into the teens yet. Yet, everyone acts like he is not a contender.

      You cannot run a hugely public, deeply personal office like Ins. Comm. w/o making a lot of people know who you are, and like you

  12. Georgia Judge says:

    Chapman would not have kept his Senate seat had he ran for re-elect,he will not get 3% of Primary vote.

      • Fred Smulavich says:

        I know, this guy is a hoot. Georgia Judge, are you Ox’s dad?

        That rumor is stupid. The idea that someone would run statewide because they were afraid they’d lose locally is pretty asinine. Same thing with the “running to take votes from X” thing.

        I’ve met the guy several times, and from that and his reputation he’s far too honest to raise money from people for a campaign just to secretly want to take votes from another candidate. What a horribly silly waste of time that would be too.

        Maybe he’s campaigning in a way that none of us agree with (or understand, for that matter), but perhaps he’s just that perceptive. Maybe he knew that the front runners were such a joke that it would become a race of attrition.

        Either way, he’s by far the best of our options here in terms of consistency, ideology, and character, so even if he doesn’t have a sign at every corner I’m still going to try to do what I can.

        • LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

          Georgia Judge is happy with the status quo.

          Chapman would have easily won his seat, but his problem is that he pissed off the clowns we know as “Leadership.” There was no place in the Senate for him to go. There was no way they’d appoint him to a Committee Chair. He couldn’t even run for LTG, an office he could have easily won, since leadership would have stripped him of power.

  13. Dave Bearse says:

    The next poll ought to limit voting to one primary or the other. The current arrangment is a crossover free-for-all.

    • bowersville says:

      This was a scientific poll until you revealed that tidbit.

      Not that I would do it, but the Roy Barnes doesn’t need a primary coronation.

      Hint:Vote DuBose

  14. Janet Reno says:

    I stand corrected. Much credit to the McBerry wives for getting him up to 5%. You girls keep refreshing and voting to you’re heart’s content. Have fun here while you can. This merits and extra puppy for each of you!

    • B Balz says:

      Unlike Ox, the candidate whose-name-I-shall-never-type-again did not inform his cult not to read PeachPundit.

  15. MSBassSinger says:

    The list of “stupid Republican tricks” surely goes beyond one candidate. Which is why I haven’t picked a goobernatorial candidate for whom to vote.

    • Ludwig Von Beachbum says:

      I think you were looking at a joke this morning when you shaved. Seriously, after placing second here what do you predict next? Chapman would lose a one man race? Chapman will lose his seat on the home owners association? Chapman’s mom aint voting for him? Chapman wont vote for himself? What ? What? Spit it out Einstein.

      I dont think anyone that had another favorite could possible get their head as far up their ass as you have yours to see things like this. πŸ™‚

  16. Jimbo says:

    Peach Pundit should have these polls for the other statewide races as well. Maybe even have this one again right before the primary to see how people’s opinions have changed over time.

  17. Mae says:

    Looks like Jeff Chapman’s campaign is finally gathering some steam. I think he has tremendous upside potential, whereas the current frontrunning candidates seemed to have peaked. His message of principles over politics, which I heard him deliver at a recent “meet and greet” affair, is compelling and plays well with those of us who are sick of the lousy establishment politics practiced at the capitol. If he continues to win undecided voters to his cause, as he is apparently doing now, the next five weeks could be really interesting…..

  18. Georgia Judge says:

    Your boy is way out of his depth and his IQ is about as high as the birthday candles on your last cake,and judging by the comments you make thats about preteen.So we will say 12.

    He will not break 3%….. book it.

    • Fred Smulavich says:

      Haha I would love to know who you are, Judge, but you excel in unfounded ad hominim attacks. Did big bad Mr. Chapman break up some junk PPP you were trying to push? Did he get your sweet handout busted? Were you going to build one of Reynold’s time shares on Jekyll?

      I’ve met two people so far with something bad to say about Jeff. Both of them had a shady deal that he uncovered… Tells you something about that one.

      Its incredible that a man with an IQ so low successfully ran a business, was a county commissioner and a state senator, and even invented several things. Idiot savant perhaps?

      Hey, maybe he won’t break 3%, but still I’d back almost anybody before whatever fool someone like you is pushing. (sorry, I know… ad hominim… at least this one makes sense though, right?)

      • Go Dawgs! says:

        Somewhere there is a research assistant working on figuring out what that relationship is, David.

  19. Georgia Judge says:


    About as much sense as thinking that Chapman has the capability much less crendentials to be Governor.

    • Ludwig Von Beachbum says:

      3 US Patients Judge. Sold a company to a Fortune 500 company he started with one truck. You wanna tell us yours?

      You sound like the SSI X judge he beat in Glynn County.

      Very Bitter.

        • Go Dawgs! says:

          At least he’s proud to show-off his high school diploma. I bet he can locate a copy of his faster than Karen Handel can.

    • Muselaw says:

      Georgia Judge,

      You leave us hanging. If you are the all-knowing, then what are the credentials to be Governor?

      I feel like you should enlighten us.

  20. Rick Day says:

    I started to hit ‘send’ on a diatribe on why Eric Johnson should not run, due to his Hep C, when some quick research told me it was Hank Johnson, and not Eric.


  21. Mae says:

    Georgia Judge, your hatred of Jeff Chapman is puzzling. The only people I’ve ever met or heard of who speak/write as you do about Chapman are those who somehow lost out as a consequence of one of his initiatives in support of the public interest, whether it be his fight against eminent domain abuse, secrecy in government, or special interests trying to profit at the expesne of the rest of us. Rational discourse, free of name calling, is what we need in discussing the field of gubernatorial candidates (Chapman included) – you might consider giving it a try sometime….

    • James Fannin says:

      I don’t know if Chapman is ready to be governor but he is definitely one of the nicest guys in the race and I tend to agree with others that anyone tossing rocks at Chapman has been on the wrong end of his honesty and should probably be standing in front of a Georgia Judge and not posting with that name.

  22. Lady Thinker says:

    Jeff Chapman said of himself to Around Town Cumming.

    Age: 50.

    Birth Place: Brunswick, GA.

    Marital Status: Married
    to Angela Chapman for almost 29 years.

    Profession: State
    Senator of three terms, retired businessman.

    Glynn Academy High School.

    Hobbies: Spending time with
    my family, hunting, fishing, and reading.

    Do you really think he can run Georgia without the education many of you are saying disqualifies Karen? What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

  23. Mae says:

    I agree with Lady Thinker – a lack of a college degree does not necessarily mean that Jeff Chapman or Karen Handel would not perform well if either were to be elected as governor. I think that life experiences, a strong record of public service, and adherence to sound principles and high ethical standards are the key prerequisites for anyone seeking our state’s highest elected office. Some of the brightest and most capable people I know did not attend college, and some of the ones I wouldn’t trust with any elected office have advanced degress of one sort or another. So, for me, a college degree, even a PhD, isn’t much of an indicator of how well a person might serve as governor.

  24. Ludwig Von Beachbum says:

    Jeff sold himself a little short there. He has 3 US Patents. Sold a business he started from nothing to a Fortune 500. Served in Ga Air National Guard where he trained in two USAF specialty codes. I bet he wouldn’t wreck two Crown Vics either.

  25. oxforgov says:

    Just to let you all know- Jeff Chapman’s votes went up by 450 within an hour and a half, tell me hes not desperate for votes, having to resort to an incredible amount of cheating- blocking his cookies, and voting continuously to beat Eric Johnson, who although I hate, was well in the lead…define: toolbag- Jeff Chapman

    • Fred Smulavich says:

      Or, perhaps, people are just starting to get excited about him… as opposed to Ox, who people are now by and large embarrassed to support.

      And define: toolbag? I’m sorry, are you 16? At least you’re slightly less boring than your counterpart on the AJC.

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