Straw poll Results from Gwinnett

Up until now, most of the straw poll results we’ve seen have been from the the type of people who attend political events — typically not very representative of the people who will vote in the Republican primary for Senate. The Gwinnett County Republican Party had booths at the Gwinnett County Fair and Suwanee Day recently, and conducted straw polls at both. Presumably, the people voting in the straw polls are more typical of the primary electorate next May.

At the Gwinnett County Fair, which ran for twelve days ending last Sunday, here are the results:

39% Karen Handel
26% Paul Broun
11% Phil Gingrey
10% Jack Kingston
9% Undecided
5% Derrick Grayson
0% Eugene Yu

At last Saturday’s Suwanee Day, the results were quite different:

57% Jack Kingston
21% Paul Broun
14% Karen Handel
8% Undecided

We note that Kingston and/or his son Jim were campaigning at the GOP booth on Suwanee Day, so that might have skewed the results.

What do these polls mean? Discuss.


  1. Noway says:

    All I can say is Handel must be pretty damn confident of something if she’s paying big bucks already for ads.

      • Noway says:

        I guess, but her opponents have to be high fiving themselves to see Karen burning through cash this damn early! Let the attacks on Nunn begin but not on their dime. I think it’s a mistake for her to spend like this this early.

  2. seenbetrdayz says:


    Polls mean nothing unless the candidate you support comes in first. That’s pretty much how we view polls in this country.

  3. Dave Bearse says:

    It’s understood the “samples” are neither random nor necessarily reflective of the primary electorate, but actual numbers, not percentages provide important information—this a general comment to all that provide poll results—numbers and percentages please.

    There’s an order of magnitude difference in Handel’s 39% being a result of say 1,000 votes for her, and Kingston’s 57% being the result of say 100 for him.

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