1. sofnbc says:

    Interesting points…

    EJ is now in 3rd, within 3 points of 2nd.

    Ox is in 4th!

    Undecided still at 19%!

    Should be a long and interesting night tomorrow night. I hope we don’t have a “hanging chad” incident!

  2. Oxendine in fourth place. That’s where he belongs. This only farther confirms that it will be a Handel/Johnson runoff. Tomorrow will be a good day in Georgia politics 😀

    • geoffc says:

      I hope you are right Kyle. A Handel/Johnson runoff would be good for GA. At least then I will be guaranteed a nominee I can vote for in November.

      • That’s what I’m hoping for as well. My parents have dealt with the Oxendine campaign in the past because of me. See this incident to see why they wouldn’t be too fond of the Ox campaign:


        My parents have both met Nathan Deal, my mom meeting him for the first time today. My mom’s assessment: “old and not very personable.”

        My dad has met Eric Johnson and my mom will be meeting him later today. My dad was very impressed and I’m sure my mom will be as well.

        My beef with Karen is that she never comes to South Georgia. Her “statewide” fly around only goes as far south as Macon. I have been active in Georgia politics for over a year and still haven’t met her. Nathan Deal, Eric Johnson, and Roy Barnes will be the only candidates in little ol’ Albany today. I appreciate Deal and Johnson taking the time to come down here because we matter just as much as anyone else.

          • Yes, and she’s even been down to my neck of the woods (Albany area) once, but I didn’t hear about it until afterwards. Why didn’t she spend more time in Valdosta, Albany, Tifton, Waycross, and areas like that earlier on? The point is, she hasn’t made the effort to win South GA, and when Eric Johnson dominates it with 40% to 50% of the vote in South GA, he will have earned it.

      • I dunno. I definitely see Handel in the Runoff. The other spot I’d say is a toss-up between Ox, Deal and Johnson. I do know that I see Oxendine signs all over the rights of way (right of ways?) and would love to just go pluck them all up to prevent the voters who haven’t researched from just voting based on name recognition.

        • Doug Grammer says:

          Even if you don’t like the candidate, it’s bad form to take down or cover up their yard signs.

          • Oh, I agree. I haven’t taken any signs down. I’m just saying I’d love to. Although that word yard… isn’t that the point? Shouldn’t they be in peoples’ yards… not necessarily the state property yard? 🙂

        • Lady Thinker says:


          Forsyth seems to be working overtime taking down signs on the right-of-ways, especially those in the median on Ronald Reagan & Winderemere Parkways. McBerry’s signs are disappearing all around Forsyth and Gwinnett.

  3. TPNoGa says:

    I am still hoping against hope that it is Handel vs. Johnson. I like both of them. EJ has really impressed me with his campaign. I have a lot of respect for him.

    Should I vote for Johnson instead of Handel to try and get him into second place, or should I still vote for Handel since she is my first choice. Heart vs. Strategy.

        • Why is a Handel/EJ runoff a win win for Georgia and the GOP? They aren’t going to sit back and just “let the best (wo)man win” on August 10th. Do you really think either will take it easy and not debate the differences between them?

          Nah, it will get ugly fast. However, that is politics. You have to seperate yourself from the other(s) or you will go home early, which is why Eric probably won’t be in a runoff to begin with.

      • Lifetime367 says:

        I agree with strategy – clearly Handel is assured a place in the runoff – if you want Ox out and Johnson in, use your vote for Johnson.

  4. DoubleDawg3 says:

    I wonder who the EJ/Deal supporters will go for, IF their guy doesn’t make the runoff?

    I’m guessing that the Deal/Ox backers will go for whoever is not Karen Handel…but I’m not sure about EJ’s voters, if he’s the 1st man on the outside looking in. Some of his staff have ties to Sonny, which might lead them towards Handel…but I think Deal has a better presence in South Georgia, so maybe the geography factor comes into play and the EJ folks vote for the “non-Atlanta” candidate.

    With 19% undecided, the race for the runoff is wide open.

    • AthensRepublican says:

      As someone planning on voting for Johnson, I would not be too quick to make up my mind but Oxendine won’t ever get my vote. Undecided between Handel and Deal.

    • geoffc says:

      If Eric Johnson doesn’t make the run-off I’ll be voting for Handel. There is now way I’m voting for Ox or Deal (even if they were to win the nomination).

    • Lady Thinker says:

      If Deal does not make the runoff, I predict he will vote for Barnes based on his negative mailers regarding Karen. Afterall, Deal has been a Democrat in the past.

      • Pine Knot says:

        Typical negative campaign crap from the Handel camp. Karen attacked first, and Deal, Johnson, and Ox all stated that Karen is the most liberal canidate in this race.

      • Doug Grammer says:


        I think I know Congressman Deal much better than you and if he is not the GOP nominee, he will back the GOP nominee. You can take that to the bank.

          • Lady Thinker says:

            All three men have a “wait and see” attitude. Since two of them were Democrats first, which oath will they honor, the Democrat oath from way back or the Republican oath that is rather shaky right now?

            Deal and Ox have a wait and see comment and Johnson says if the candidate is a conservative. Wonder who he considers a conservative?

            Nathan Deal:

            “I need to know who that person is. My goal is of course to be in that runoff. It is important that we select the right person as the nominee. I’ll reserve judgment until then.”

            Eric Johnson:

            “If it’s not me, I’m a conservative first and a Republican second. If we nominate a conservative, I’ll be on that bandwagon supporting them with all my efforts.”

            John Oxendine:

            “As a conservative reformer, I will be there to fight for Republican ideas. The Republican Party has been good to me. Loving Georgia, loving the Constitution and standing up for what is right is more important. I’ll have to see who that person is.”

        • Three Jack says:

          do you know him well enough to have profited from his illegally attained state contract?

          why would karen want the support of known crooks like deal or oxendine. their voters will eventually figure it out and vote for the conservative in november.

          • Doug Grammer says:

            Three jack, you comment isn’t worth replying to, but put your money where your big mouth is and show us where he ILLEGALY attained the contract.

            In the mean time, have a nice cool glass of shut the heck up.

  5. zigmaster says:

    It’s your choice Georgia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Do you want Nathan Deal or Eric Johnson as your next Governor?

    Karen will not win a run-off so its Deal or Johnson, you decide!

  6. ACCmoderate says:

    I guess we won’t get to see what’s inside Ox’s coloring book… er… “Contract” for Georgia.

    • BuckheadConservative says:

      Interesting poll. I don’t think anyone here thought we’d ever see Oxendine in 4th.

  7. zigmaster says:

    With just one day left until the Georgia Republican primary for Governor, Karen Handel has opened a wide lead (38% Handel/20% Deal/17% Johnson/12% Oxendine/6% Other/7% Undecided). At this point, it appears that the real race is for second place. Former Congressman Nathan Deal is statistically tied with State Senator Eric Johnson, 20% to 17% respectively. Both candidates are well positioned for the second place slot. These results are based off of a Magellan Strategies survey of 1,181 likely Republican primary voters. This survey was conducted using automated telephone touchtone technology. The sample for this survey was randomly drawn from past Republican primary elections in the 2008, 2006, 2004, and 2002 election cycles. The 1,181 interviews were conducted Sunday night, July 18th, from 5 to 7 pm. this survey has a margin of error of +/- 2.8% at the 95% confidence interval.

  8. Romegaguy says:

    Insider Advantage, huh. What was it a few years ago? Oh yeah “Ralph Reed is surging”

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