New poll shows tie at top of GOP race for governor

A new poll from Atlanta-based InsiderAdvantage shows a dead heat atop the race for the Republican nomination for governor, with Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine and former Secretary of State Karen Handel both with 18 percent.

The poll, conducted July 1 of 914 likely Republican voters, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.

Oxendine has been polling ahead of Handel in other recent polls, getting as much as 34 percent in a SurveyUSA poll from mid-June.

The latest InsiderAdvantage poll, released Friday evening, has former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal at 12 percent and former state Sen. Eric Johnson at 8 percent. Sen. Jeff Chapman is at 6 percent, Ray McBerry gets 3 percent and

Otis Putnam, 1 percent.

Importantly, 34 percent are undecided.

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Here's my 30 cents

July 3rd, 2010
1:41 pm

If either one of these clowns is elected to office – I’m sure we’ll see MORE circus Zebras running through downtown Atlanta!

After years of Georgia government ignoring our SONNY DO – LISTS- We the people of Georgia deserve more than these GOP candidates can deliver!

We at least deserve someone who went to College – for peeks sake!

If either of these clowns is elected to the top office! Then I’m moving to Mars.

The Only Choice: Jeff Chapman

July 3rd, 2010
1:51 pm

Chapman is the only Republican candidate that is not ethically challenged. Oxendine and Deal have serious ethical issues that are well publicized. Handel is a Perdue clone and carries his baggage. McBerry, well, you all know that story.Johnson, well, how Eric Johnson has not escaped more scrutiny for the fact that while a sitting state senator and ex-officio member of the Jekyll Island Authority and, upon entering the governor’s race chose, JAMIE REYNOLDS, of Linger Longer Communities, the company that was awarded the outrageous contract to develop Jekyll Island to be his campaign finance chair. The contract was so lopsided in favor of the Reynolds family that the Attorney General’s office warned the Jekyll Island Authority that it was unlawful. Eric Johnson had endorsed Linger Longer as the public partner of the JIA in the press. The Reynolds family has contributed the maximum to Johnson’s campaign. It is scary to think what this developer family will gain for their work on behalf of Eric Johnson if he gets elected. The Reynolds family has already gotten a road at taxpayer expense with its own sign on I-20 to Reynolds Plantation and recently the AJC reported that Atlanta Gas and Light wants its customers to fit the bill for a pipeline to Reynolds Plantation. The Reynolds family for all practical purposes owns Georgia politics and politicians, It sure looks like Eric Johnson is or will be in their pocket. The AJC needs to expose this outrageous conflict of interest so the people of Georgia who unknowingly believe he is free of ethics issues find out the truth! History has shown there is ONE Republican candidate the Reynolds family can’t buy and that is Jeff Chapman! Go to the polls on July 20 to a vote for a principled, ethical candidate…vote Jeff Chapman for Governor of Georgia!


July 3rd, 2010
1:55 pm

THANK YOU REPUBLICANS! Your primary will come down to a runoff between a full-blown criminal and an uneducated moron – which will hand the Governorship to Roy Barnes. On behalf of the Democratic Party, THANK YOU!


July 3rd, 2010
2:06 pm

lest we forget.. the ajc are the same morons that endorsed that dumba** obozo.. nice pick.. how is that whole jobs and change thing going?

Insdependent Voter

July 3rd, 2010
2:17 pm

The comment posted by “Only Choice” begs the question, Why is Eric Johnson being talked about as the only GOP candidate who is squeaky clean? State law requires elected officials to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interests, yet Johnson used the power of his senate office to push a Jekyll land deal for the benefit of his campaign finance committee chairman that was so bad, so much of a sweetheart deal, that apparently it was nixed behind the scenes by the Attorney General’s office on the grounds that it constituted a gratuity and was therefore in violation of the Georgia consitution.
I think a vote for Johnson is a vote for the kind of payback politics that most people are sick and tired of.
On the squeaky clean front, Jeff Chapman holds pride of place. The fact that he has been on the outs with the likes of Sonny Perdue, Casey Cagle, Glenn Richardson, Tommie Williams, Chip Pearson, and, yes, Eric Johnson speaks volumes about the kind of senator Chapman has been. He has followed his principles and voted in accord with his convictions at the expense of his standing with the GOP mucky-mucks. Because Georgia needs someone who is willing to put people above party politics and do the right thing, Chapman has my vote come July 20th.

Political Fact Checker

July 3rd, 2010
2:20 pm

The Political Truth:

Barnes has promised everything a 1960’s 1970’s 1980’s Politician could promise. The end result is that trying to give teachers raises, expand government, expand social programs will place the Georgia State Budget into more of red ink and bond ratings will plummet. We know what has happened with idle do nothing politicians.

Oxyendine is better choice than Barnes and will at least make enough people mad that politicians will react.

Handel is probably the one with the most to offer when it comes to budget numbers and will make The State of Georgia more proactive in budgetary restraint and reshaping government spending.

Deal is one of those guys who started out with great intentions but is now just a political hack without merit.

The others are good people but without a chance to make a difference.


July 3rd, 2010
2:25 pm

The comments about Jeff Chapman are spot on….show me even one neg thing about Jeff Chapman…there is not. Jeff is for the people and the only reason why he is behind in these unscientific polls is because he finished his term for the people he represents and that kept him from fundraising. I and my neighbors have sent notes to the AJC inquiring why Chapman is not included in profiles of candidates, etc and not one of us has ever had a response….fair reporting and representation….I think not. I am on my way to pick up Jeff Chapman materials at their district office and work to spread the word….so others know!!!!

Go Jeff Chapman!!!!!!

Konect the Dot

July 3rd, 2010
2:29 pm

Agree – Chapman Great Candidate!


July 3rd, 2010
2:30 pm

Political fact checker….you are wrong….Jeff Chapman has already made a differance in his role as Senator and will serve us well as Governor. Check your facts….Sir!

Political Fact Checker

July 3rd, 2010
2:30 pm

If the next governor…..whoever is elected does not REDUCE the size of Goverment it will not matter..
The size of Government, staff, spending and assets do not match the amount of money being collected. Tax Increases are not going to fly and if business is to be expanded corporate taxes and tax breaks must be the first item on the agenda. Immigration controls must be enforced and eliminate the free ride tha too many Georgians and illegals are taking advantage of…

Konect the Dot

July 3rd, 2010
2:32 pm

I believe Johnson has serious ethical issues.

Political Fact Checker

July 3rd, 2010
2:32 pm

If Jeff Chapman is such a strong candidate as of today…why are his polling numbers so low?
Maybe in 2014 ….nothing against the guy..just realistic……


July 3rd, 2010
2:32 pm

Jeff chapman, you are wrong about Reynolds getting “a road.” If so, what road is it?


July 3rd, 2010
2:37 pm


Jeff continues to go up in the polls as folks take a serious look. If Jeff can make the primary he has a GREAT CHANCE. The others are not folks I want representing me or my state. I was born here 53 years ago and have lived here my entire life….Barnes and others have had their chance and they screwed up BIG time….no more of that for me…OX is the one more scary person with so much baggage I can not believe he can still be in politics. Johnson is the “Good ol Boy’s” boy for sure….you do the math.

Political Fact Checker

July 3rd, 2010
2:40 pm

Lets get this out in the open… person in their right mind would run for office for the salary, it is about the BENEFITS, inside information, legal wrangling, and FREEBIES that are associated with the job….and the benefits after the job…..

Look at The current President….he had none, zero, nilch experience in business, never held a private job and is part of the political machine of Chicago….Jimmy Carter will go down as one of the worst Presidents in history and has made milllions and millions off of the title ” for President of The United States”….

If they are in office at the state level are higher chances are they have broken a law or two intentionally or not due to the way laws are written and developed.

Political Fact Checker

July 3rd, 2010
2:43 pm

Ethical, I have nothing against Chapman,,he seems like a good guy with great intentions, however the days are running out and unless something happens quickly we will see Mr. Chapman in 2014.
I agree Ox and Deal are not the answer….but I would take either of them before Barnes..


July 3rd, 2010
2:54 pm

I’ve heard Oxendine and he is nothing but a professional politician.


July 3rd, 2010
3:00 pm

How anyone can support, much less pull the trigger (no pun intended) and actually vote for this clown is absolutly amazing to me!!!


July 3rd, 2010
3:01 pm

Jeff Chapman gets my vote because, simply, he’s the only candidate whose ethics are above reproach. He chose to stand up to his own party when it was the ethical thing to do. He deserves serious consideration despite his current position in the polls. The others carry so much baggage that I would have to consider not voting in the fall if one of them wins the primary.


July 3rd, 2010
3:03 pm

Jeff Chapman refused to sell his soul and participate in the Republican greedfest that has been our government for the past eight years. He was exiled and rediculed for it, but stood his ground in a principled way. He resisted the giveaway of Jekyll Island State Park–owned by the citizens of Georgia– to the the Reynolds. What other politician in Georgia has stood up to the bully-boys who ran the state into the ground? It is all documented in the public record.

Average Joe

July 3rd, 2010
3:10 pm

Oxen-Slime wouldn’t get my vote for dog catcher. Our state would be in worse shape with a COMPLETE IDIOT in the Governor’s Mansion. Talk about ethical issues…

My Patooti

July 3rd, 2010
3:34 pm

I’m for which ever one will say they will pass a law like Arizona did against illegal immigrants. If they promise that will be their #1 priority, they have my vote, no questions asked. Ga is not too far behind AZ in the number of illegals. Just take a look at some of the daily newspapers in South Ga and you will see what a huge problem it really is. Stealing right and left, IDs, guns, etc. and driving without licenses and insurance.

thom coulter

July 3rd, 2010
3:51 pm

if everybody would stop and think about all of the lies that “professional” polititions hand out every time they open their mouths about issues, it is time to elect a fresh face to represent us. Lies from the city, county, state and federal levels. time to make a change for real.


July 3rd, 2010
3:52 pm

Jeff Chapman will get our vote because he is the only honest one in the whole bunch. It’s time to get rid of the professional politicians and elect folks who have worked in the real world.

Rev Al Sharpton

July 3rd, 2010
3:58 pm

Anybody but the Ox Man or King Rat Roy.


July 3rd, 2010
4:05 pm

Jeff Chapman has our vote. He also will pull in all those undecideds as he is the only candidate who can’t be “bought!”

Billy T.

July 3rd, 2010
4:05 pm

Please people…..ANYBODY but the OX MAN or KING RAT ROY !

These two loser need to just go away!

King Roy

July 3rd, 2010
4:07 pm

I will solve all of Georgia’s problems.
Teachers will get the respect and money they deserve.
No one will have their home foreclosed on until mandatory arbitration.
I will create 12 million new jobs.
I will cut takes.
I am the greatest.

Mary B smith

July 3rd, 2010
4:32 pm

I am from va. but have now lived in Ma. for a long time. I went to Jekyll island with my friend who is from Gerogia, I loved it there and it is a beautiful place not just for the very weatlthy like Hilton Head.
If I could vote in Georgia I would certainly vote for Jefff Chapman, as he seems interested in not making it another expensive resort. I wish there was something like that on the New England coast.
Elect Jeff Chapman please.

Education is important

July 3rd, 2010
4:39 pm

“I believe in education”, said former Gov Roy Barnes. That is liberal cryptics for I will hire tens of thousands of union teachers, union teacher’s aids and unionized janitors and administrators, regardless of the revenue stream for Georgia. He also will build a school for every child in your family. Three kids, then three NEW schools is the way these commies think.

This state is a non notification state, regarding repos and homes. THAT IS the way it should be. Make your payment or lose the fricking house. Obamanomics got us into the repos spots, because Fannie and Freddie were told to make home loans for deadbeats and the US gov ( we ) would back it. Clinton did this and so did W.

Down with all of the obamarons. Come November, they will be thrown out of DC and Barry will have his hands tied with 60 NEW CONSERVATIVES.


July 3rd, 2010
4:55 pm

To all who are undecided voters, please take a good look at Jeff Chapman’s website: There you will discover a man who thinks for himself rather than following the party line; a man who puts the rights and interests of Georgia citizens above special interests; and a man who stands for transparency and accountability in government. Chapman seems to think we should stop and look at waste in government spending before we waste anything more. What a novel approach! Jeff Chapman deserves the vote of EVERY “undecided” voter, and he also deserves a very thoughtful reassessment by those who are casting their ballots for the front runners.

Here's my 30 cents

July 3rd, 2010
5:12 pm

If either one of these CLOWNS is elected to office – I’m sure we’ll see MORE circus Zebras running through downtown Atlanta!

After years of GEORGIA government ignoring our SONNY DO – LISTS- We the people of Georgia deserve more than these GOP candidates can deliver!

We at least deserve someone who went to COLLEGE – for peeks sake!

If either of these clowns is elected to the top office!


Charlotte Clark

July 3rd, 2010
5:17 pm

Jeff Chapman has a very good focus on Georgia’s needs. He’s more cognizant of what issues are important to us all, than the other candidates do. His track record speaks *for* him – not again him!


July 3rd, 2010
5:34 pm

Get a grip on it “Here’s my 30 cents”. Being well educated, and a former college professor, some of the dumbest people I know have a college education, and some of the smartest people do not. That alone as a barometer of a person is a poor indicator. Harry Truman and Abraham Lincoln didn’t seem to do too bad. (I’m assuming you know who they are)

Dan's Uneducated

July 3rd, 2010
5:49 pm

I assume Dan lacks a college education based on his/her vitriolic comments. Republicans equal poison as leaders of state government. That is all.

Matt Jones

July 3rd, 2010
5:52 pm

Here’s my two-cents. Does anyone really buy Oxendine’s smarmy rhetoric? He’s as genuine as the serpent in Eden.


July 3rd, 2010
6:18 pm

at this stage of the game. I feel that I can Handel Karen being our next Gov!
I thought I would be behind Oxy but his ads leave me feeling dirty…don’t know why, they just do!

I will say as for the ads currently running, Barnsie really makes my skin crawl. If he could do it, why didn’t he?

Every word out of his mouth to me is total BS!

Right Choice

July 3rd, 2010
6:36 pm

We need Nathan Deal as our next Governor. Oxendine is so arrogant and is the worst of the panderers, and Karen Handel can’t seem to figure out how to tell the truth. She lied about being for gay rights, and is not pro life. She was the only canidate not endorsed by the Georgia Right to Life.

Charlie B

July 3rd, 2010
8:08 pm

I think Jeff Chapman has shown a level of intelligence, integrity, and faithfulness to those he represents that is sadly lacking in modern politics. This is the type of man that people keep saying they wish they’d see in American politics. And yet, because he doesn’t have the kind of campaign “war chest” that others have, one wonders if Chapman may not get the support which he deserves. This man is a diamond in the rough and I urge Georgia voters to take a close look at his record and what he stands for. In any event, no matter who you support don’t make your decision based on manipulative political marketing or the typical false campaign promises. Take the time to dig down and look at past record to find the best candidate. As an independent voter I happen to think that candidate is Jeff Chapman. Please give his record a look, I think most will find that it is exemplary.


July 3rd, 2010
8:59 pm

The 7 re pubs, self serving fruitcakes one and all…I have had about all I can take from the republicans in this state. Sonny do, was Sonny didn’t do a darn thing but get richer along with his cohorts..I’ll be voting for Barns this go around. Oh yea, and OX is a Sleaze. It is going to take years to get the slime off of this state.


July 3rd, 2010
9:01 pm

Jeff Chapman is the only candidate that can not or will not be bought. If you look at his record as a Glynn Co. commissioner and as a State Senator, you will find no dirt. This man is squeaky clean. How refreshing in today’s political climate. All the undecided voters and Georgians who are tired of GA politics as usual should check out Jeff Chapman. Georgia needs Chapman, now more than ever!

Leigh Scott

July 3rd, 2010
9:23 pm

My vote is still going to Ray McBerry! Georgia First!!!

Jeff &Karen

July 3rd, 2010
9:30 pm

In Jeff Chapman, Georgians have an opportunity to elect the rarest of all political creatures;a public servant who actually believes in serving the public rather than serving himself and his cronies.

News Update – July 4, 2010

July 3rd, 2010
9:38 pm

[...] John Oxendine and Karen Handel are tied a top latest GOP Gubernatorial poll in Georgia. [...]

Concerned Citizen

July 4th, 2010
2:35 pm

Voters, let’s please move as far away as we can from the current, corrupt self-serving State government, with its “Oaky Woods (google it and learn)” type scandals. The best way for us to accomplish this mission is to vote for the candidate who has proven over his career that he is devoted to serving the public honestly and selflessly. Let’s make Jeff Chapman our governor!


July 4th, 2010
3:29 pm

It was encouraging to hear that the Georgia Independent Voters organization has endorsed Jeff Chapman. He is a man who stands for transparency and accountability in government, and his legislative record shows it. Chapman votes for what he believes is right and good for the people of Georgia. He thinks for himself, giving careful consideration before casting his vote, and he votes against legislation that he believes will not serve the best interests of Georgia citizens. He has been willing to make enemies in his own party in order to uphold a high ethical standard. He has became famous for the battles he has fought to save Jekyll Island State Park for the people of Georgia. He will fight just as hard to reduce waste in government spending, to encourage conservation of water and other resources, and to represent every Georgian as honorably as he has represented his own Senate district for the last two terms. Chapman deserves a fighting chance. To learn more about Jeff Chapman and find out why so many people stand behind him for Governor, check out his website at


July 4th, 2010
4:01 pm

The only candidate who is 100% honest and trustworthy is Jeff Chapman.
Everyone I know is voting for Jeff!


July 4th, 2010
5:07 pm

Your Insider Advantage Atlanta based poll is just that an advantage for your Atlanta candidates.
Can’t wait for the televised GOP Gubernatorial Debates 16 & 18 July. Voters will quickly see who will put Georgia First, not Atlanta, not Washington!

Pinky Lyle

July 4th, 2010
6:03 pm

Your poll is biased and a set-up for the crooked RINO’s. Only a fool would vote for your so-called leaders of your poll. Hopefully, Atlanta doesn’t have as many fools as your trying to portray. The ONLY TRUE HOPE FOR GEORGIA IS RAY McBERRY. Anyone else gets in (which I doubt) and enjoy even more corruption. Sounding tasty?

Steven Woodard

July 4th, 2010
6:08 pm

My vote and my whole families vote is for Ray McBerry!!