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.

126 comments Add your comment

Dick

July 2nd, 2010
8:37 pm

Okay people need to know which of those mentioned above are the lesser of the seven evils.

Savannah77

July 2nd, 2010
9:51 pm

The Inside Crowd of Atlanta would have you to believe “their chosen boys and girls are the only winners” They will be surprised how strong the GOP candidates McBerry and Chapman are on 20 Jul.

The General

July 2nd, 2010
10:10 pm

@ Savannah77

I like Chapman, though McBerry is a goofball. Regardless, you are delusional if you believe either guy has a snowballs chance in Hades to be ’surprising strong’ in the primary.

Margaret

July 2nd, 2010
10:55 pm

Wonder why your insurance rates have gone up so much — it’s Oxendine helping the groups he really cares about — the insurance companies.

td

July 2nd, 2010
11:27 pm

I think Johnson is the best choice and will vote for him in the primary. If he does not make it to the runoff then it will be anyone but Handal.

Cw

July 3rd, 2010
12:02 am

Here here…..can anyone give a brief synopsis of the “magnificent 7″. I know what Butterball Barnes is and is not, but I’m not sure about the 7 on the other side?

steve

July 3rd, 2010
12:26 am

Chapman has risen 4 points in what, 8 weeks? It’s amazing how being the only ethical candidate will boost you more than TV ads will… Pretty sad for Georgia that the governors race has become a race of attrition

why not

July 3rd, 2010
5:24 am

Why is McBerry still in the race. After his personal past has been exposed he should just go away.

Bill

July 3rd, 2010
6:23 am

Dick, Have a look at General Poythress.

Norm

July 3rd, 2010
6:26 am

Please try to remember all of Oxendine’s past antics before you vote for him.

Dennis G. Carrier

July 3rd, 2010
8:24 am

Oxendine causing insurance rates to go up? Exactly what do you base that on? That’s political propaganda if I ever heard it. Give some facts before you go sounding off or you reveal yourself as nothing but a mouth and the other end of it.. Back up your statements with some kind of truth and statistics or be dismissed for what you are…

losersville

July 3rd, 2010
8:33 am

The Ox man is going to balance the budget deficit by eliminating state income taxes. Where’s the money going to come from—the credit card fairy. What a pear shaped loser.

jc

July 3rd, 2010
8:35 am

I will be voting for Handel just as many more people will be as the polls show. Oxendine is an evil and dangerous person.

losersville

July 3rd, 2010
8:37 am

Georgia has the most bank failures in the nation and Eric Johnson says that we have too many regulations and he is going to do something about it. The BP oil disaster is the result too many regulations and he is going to do something about it. Wall Street implodes because of too many regulations and Johnson is going to do something about it. Another pear shaped loser.

Frank

July 3rd, 2010
8:39 am

Having met Mr Oxendine on two occaisions, I am not convinced he is capable to deliver what he believes. Reminds me of New Gingrich…a lot of great ideas and delivers the message we want to hear but cannot execute and deliver the results…

He brags about being hte first (R) Insurance Commissioner but what has he in office. Seems to me he could have taken a lead on Health Insurance as well as a more effective roleon Immigration since so many drivers in Georgia do not have Auto Insurance and arestill on the road…

Not my Vote….

losersville

July 3rd, 2010
8:42 am

Nathan Deal has had some ethics issues while he was in Congress and resigned just before it the fan and now he wants to be the governor. Another pear shaped loser.

losersville

July 3rd, 2010
8:45 am

McBerry has had some issues with an underage, female student—a real family values kind of guy and he wants to be the governor. Another pear shaped loser.

MoreChoicesFolks

July 3rd, 2010
8:53 am

Oxendine is a ticking time bomb for Georgia, can’t possibly be the person/face Georgians want the rest of the country to put on our state. Never met a rate increase he didn’t like and rides high in the saddle at the expense of his insurance industry “buddies”. Handel — exactly what has she done to qualify her to be Governor? Nothing – and she knows it. She’s laying low, hoping not to get into any discusions of qualifications or anything else and just make the run off — then hope there’s enough anti-Ox sentiment that she slides through. Both of them are beholden to small groups of wealthy people who ultimately will run the state for their own personal benefit — is this really what we want or need?

Jerome

July 3rd, 2010
8:55 am

Ox turns me on

JohnnyMack Larry

July 3rd, 2010
8:58 am

Handel supporters, remember her opposition to stem cell research, her ignoring the law & investigating a Lowndes county complaint, assuming the duties of the Board of Elections and just this year, falsely referring Jeff Rayno to the AG office under false evidence. She is self serving and driven by blind ambition. Almost forgot her attempt to purge the voter rolls to exclude minorities, Dept of Justice said NO!

Morrus

July 3rd, 2010
9:00 am

in a supposed anti-incumbent year, most of the departing are not retiring but seeking higher office. We may recycle more than we replace. The bad news is that a frustrating 114 seats still have but one contestant. Two of them aren’t even incumbents, meaning they will affect state policy without being vetted by voters. And I have to think that we’d be better off if many had run instead for the Legislature — and cut down on the number running unopposed. Georgia’s problems are numerous. They aren’t going away. There’s too much stale thinking at the Capitol, on both sides of the aisle. New voices would be welcome.

GOP

July 3rd, 2010
9:02 am

If Oxendine is nominee, I’ll vote for Barnes.

losersville

July 3rd, 2010
9:07 am

Seven Republican candidates and not a keeper among them. No wonder this state is in a shambles.

Union

July 3rd, 2010
9:08 am

funny.. i have seen / read several “reports” on oxendine (all negative) and a couple on handel.. guess cox communications is feeling the love for roy barnes.. (speaking of being in the pockets of the money people) guess we will have to wait and hope something comes along to do a little better job of reporting to clear things up.

Travis McGee

July 3rd, 2010
9:14 am

If this poll is correct, the top two Republican candidates are a man operating under the cloud of an ethics investigation and a woman who barely graduated from high school.

And, so it goes. . . .

losersville

July 3rd, 2010
9:51 am

The Oxman likes to bash government employees, but he has been on the government payroll since 1995. Ox remember when you point your finger at someone else, three fingers are pointing back at you. What a pear shaped loser.

Ray

July 3rd, 2010
9:55 am

Karen’s pro-homosexual.

John ought to be behind bars.

The GOP has been sucked up the baggers butt and this is what’s left.

I’m moving to Arizona.

DICK

July 3rd, 2010
10:00 am

AJC has reprted nothing buit Negative stories on Rep candidates, not a single negative story on the crook Barnes

Eraserhead

July 3rd, 2010
10:02 am

Ox and deal are borderline criminals. Karen just appears to have more sense than these other candidates.

Alan Cosby

July 3rd, 2010
10:08 am

Ox is a crook, he does not care about justice, right and wrong, as long as someone goes to jail he does not care how he gets them there or how long it takes to achieve the task. He only cares about how he looks in the public eye. This is another person the Tea Party needs to vote out.

Deal Fan

July 3rd, 2010
10:20 am

I’ve known him since college days at Mercer and he’s one of the finest people I’ve ever met. He was an incredible role model in school and was a positive influence on all who were associated with him. He’s been re-elected to Congress by his district multiple times by huge margins and those are the people who know him best. He’s a good man.

too late

July 3rd, 2010
10:57 am

the more i read about republicans the more i want to vote Democrat

remember to recieve funds these ppl had to swear an OATH to the republican party; WTF?

OATH should be to the US and GA constitution in upholding them.

SE Georgia girl

July 3rd, 2010
11:09 am

Eric Johnson is the right choice, he is a decent guy….. not a politician. Smart, knows what needs to be done to help hard working Americans. Chapman is an empty suit… a ‘do nothing’ commissioner and senator (unless it benefited his family’s business…) who is beholden to the Jekyll Island whackos….

Jaye

July 3rd, 2010
11:15 am

The state must have ethical leadership, which is why Handel is the obvious choice. She offers experience and character. If she doesn’t get the Republican nomination, my family, friends, colleagues and I have agreed to vote for Barnes in the fall. I’m hearing this from other voters, too. People are tired of scandal lack of leadership, incumbents and Republicans.Georgia has become a laughing stock.

franklin

July 3rd, 2010
11:25 am

Nothing like primary politics to bring out our party’s whackos for whatever knucklehead fringe candidate they can find. South Carolina’s about to elect an Indian-American woman as Governor, and yet down here we turn down black republicans (Herman Cain would be a much better Senator than Saxby Chambliss, don’t you think? And what’s Lynn Westmoreland done in DC besides look like an idiot on the Colbert Report? Dylan Glenn would have been a much better choice), and you guys give Karen Handel a hard time? She’s the most qualified person in the race, but she gets the shaft because for some reason our party here is still dominated by racists and sexists. If we don’t purge those people (I don’t care, let ‘em tea party or whatever party they come up with, but get ‘em gone, they’re not decent humans if they vote for someone based on their race or sex), we’ll get Mr. Barnes and his crew of semi-socialists for who knows how many more years.

Terry Miller

July 3rd, 2010
11:34 am

Jeff Chapman is the only PROVEN honest person in the race. He doesn’t make deals. He stands up for average Georgians against the big-money hierarchy of his own party! As a county commissioner he kept taxes low. He has come up with ideas to benefit the needy that have been praised nationally. Why isn’t he getting any publicity! ?? Because he stayed in the legislature to fulfill his term, as he pledged to the citizens of his district. Hence, he could not lawfully raise money while the legislature was in session. (Maybe this law had good intentions, but bad unintended consequences.) The more people find out about Jeff Chapman, the more they are drawn to him — as the alternative to the business-as-usual types.

Sary Palin

July 3rd, 2010
11:38 am

Crooked Ox has now been exposed as an officially sanctioned “abomination,” for being a corrupt lawyer. Stick a fork in his bloated carcass. He’s done.

gail onesi

July 3rd, 2010
11:56 am

I have asked for help once in all the years I’ve paid taxes. I was treated shamefully by his office! I asked repeatedly to speak to him personally and was always told not only was he too busy to talk to me, but too busy to call me back…EVER! Yet, I read later, that at the very same time he was too busy, he was out on an insurance VIP’s plantation filling someone’s butt with buckshot! Too bad it wasn’t his own!

Bill O

July 3rd, 2010
11:56 am

the comment by too late. “the more i read about republicans the more i want to vote Democrat”.

You are absolutely correct…Democrats are completely honest…..(keep drinking the kool aid)

Diehard

July 3rd, 2010
12:08 pm

Ask IA how many people were surveyed. This is ridiculous. IA polls are all about Matt Towery, not the candidates – who incidentally polled 30% in his race for Lite Gov twenty years ago

mark

July 3rd, 2010
12:09 pm

Oxendine sounds like Gomer Pyle. Another proud moment for the south.

Will

July 3rd, 2010
12:16 pm

Poythress haha

Shawn Stafford

July 3rd, 2010
12:30 pm

There all more of the same…except McBerry !
http://www.georgiafirst.org

MoreChoicesFolks

July 3rd, 2010
12:32 pm

@ Jaye — Handel, experience and ethical leadership simply don’t belong in the same paragraph – let alone the same sentence.

Here’s your chance — outline her “experience” that makes her qualified to be Governor…. (chirp chirp/criket sounds) doesn’t exist. Oh and the DOJ certainly didn’t think purging voter rolls to thin out minority voters was exactly kosher.

I’m a white mostly republican voter — but if Ox/Handel snow GA voters into electing them… good grief.

Pope UGA XXIII

July 3rd, 2010
12:37 pm

Well, who in the hell do you want Mr Folks ??
Roy Barnes ?? Give me a break, please !
How about Hank Johnson ? No, he probably thinks
that the state capitol might tip over and capsize !!

PappyHappy

July 3rd, 2010
12:46 pm

The rate he is currently going, Oxendine could be in bigger time trouble by November. Are we not listening to what a previous judge said about his professionalism (or, lack thereof)??

Do we Georgians just like to attach ourselves to folks ethically challenged — Handel and Oxendine??

Jean

July 3rd, 2010
12:56 pm

Karen Handel is the only Republican in the race with the integrity required of the office. The rest of the pack is a bag of mixed nuts.

Woe is us...

July 3rd, 2010
1:21 pm

Great…the Abomination vs the uneducated Perdue puppet….great year for us Republicans….think I’ll move to Arizona….

catlady

July 3rd, 2010
1:34 pm

Poythress is the only one I can vote for without gagging. The others are too marginal, or have serious ethical problems.

Here's my 30 cents

July 3rd, 2010
1:38 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 governement ignoring our SONNY DO – LISTS- We the people of Georgia deserve more than these GOP candidates can deliever! We atleast deserve someone who went to College.

If either is people elected to office! Then I’m moving to Mars.

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!

Handle

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!

Union

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.

Ethical

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!

Ethical

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……

Jimdawg

July 3rd, 2010
2:32 pm

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

Ethical

July 3rd, 2010
2:37 pm

PFC,

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…..no 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..

Richard

July 3rd, 2010
2:54 pm

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

Steve

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!!!

IslandHow

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.

np

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.

Joe

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.

Janet

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.

JD

July 3rd, 2010
4:55 pm

To all who are undecided voters, please take a good look at Jeff Chapman’s website: http://www.jeffchapmanforgovernor.com. 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!

Then I’M MOVING TO MARS.

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!

Dan

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.

outspoken1

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.

s

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.

Laura

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!!! http://www.georgiafirst.org

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!

JD

July 4th, 2010
3:29 pm

It was encouraging to hear that the Georgia Independent Voters organization http://georgiaindependentvoters.org/WP/ 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 http://www.jeffchapmanforgovernor.com/.

Jane

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!

Savannah77

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! http://www.georgiafirst.org

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!! Georgiafirst.org

Pinky Lyle

July 4th, 2010
6:09 pm

As far as the others, all you folks who don’t want to vote for the wrong candidate, remember, Jeff Chapman’s last 2 elections were paid for by Healthcare companies. He owes favors to healthcare and that can’t be a good thing. Jeff Chapman and Eric Johnson have both stolen Ray’s orginal ideas on taxes along the way. Now all of a sudden, everybody is a State’s Rights constitutionalist. Ask yourself this: why didn’t Chapman or Johnson use those abilities while they were already in office?

Pinky Lyle

July 4th, 2010
6:10 pm

Wendy

July 4th, 2010
6:19 pm

The AJC is a well known Left-leaning “news”paper, FreedomWorks & the local Tea Party have their agents out to promote their DC-owned, GOP stamped candidates while rescinding debate invitations to all candidates so that The People can make their own choices. Oxendine has flat out refused to debate Ray McBerry. Why? The other candidates have stated in the past their commitment to “working with Washington”, but once they saw the traction McBerry’s message was getting (”Georgia First, Constitution…), they began a whole new commentary with Georgians: the same one that McBerry has had from the start. If you are afraid of the direction this country is heading and Washington closing it’s eyes & ears to We The People, then Ray McBerry is our only hope. Do you really believe those career politicians & social climbers have the whole of Georgia’s best interests at heart? The newly elected Governors of our country have the best opportunity to push the Federal Government back into it’s original Constitutional confines.
http://www.georgiafirst.org

D S

July 4th, 2010
8:29 pm

I like Jeff Chapman but hes not without problems. He has been in the arena long enough to owe people favors, etc. RAY MCBERRY is the only Statesman in the race. If you want to get rid of the property tax Sonny doubled for you and get the Federal Government out of your business in the state….IT BETTER BE MCBERRY! A vote for anyone else is the same ol same ol status quo and Georgia cant afford anymore of that!

Pinky Lyle

July 4th, 2010
9:54 pm

For the poor soul who thinks that Eric Johnson isn’t a politician, let me enlighten you: He’s a State Senator.

Pinky Lyle

July 4th, 2010
9:58 pm

To Right Choice: Why didn’t Nathan Deal do anything the 20 years he was a politician in this State? Also, have you ever wondered what he did in DC the other 20 years he was a Congressman. I don’t think that because you went to college with him and he was nice then makes a lot of sense. Just sayin’.

Pinky Lyle

July 4th, 2010
10:02 pm

Ray McBerry is the ONLY GOP candidate who hasn’t been a politican. Now go get your education at http://www.georgiafirst.org and stop listening to a bunch of crap. People have already admitted they were receiving money and gifts for their efforts in trying to keep him away from the Big Dogs because they can’t win a debate with him. July 16 on WSB and July 18 on PBS. Watch the debates. Most of you don’t even know anything about the candidates you say you’re voting for.

B. Lee

July 4th, 2010
11:03 pm

I know several Democrats on Jekyll who are so pleased with Jeff’s efforts on behalf of the island, they have his sign in their yards. Many environmentalists support him. At rallies in Brunswick, I’ve seen many blacks, whites, and others supporting him. He represents the people. He is the only one running that I trust as governor.

G. Daniel

July 4th, 2010
11:09 pm

None of the canididates are perfect – they are all human! But in today’s atmosphere with Washington force feeding us socialism – out of 13 Gubernatorial Candidates you have your choice of six (6) Demoncrats, six (6) others who are either RINO’s, career politicians or both. And there is only one who is a Constitutionalist. If you care anything about this state, your county, your community, your family and your own protection from the tyranny coming down from Washington, you better think long and hard about who you elect for Governor. This is not a matter to be taken lightly. The only man who knows and understands the power that We the People have under the U.S. Constitution and States’ Rights is Ray McBerry. This is serious business, not a beauty or popularity contest, this is our future and our freedom that is at stake. People need to wake up, engage their brains and vote for someone who really can and will bring about limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility and protection to the citizens of the State of Georgia.

Brenda Gayle Darragh

July 5th, 2010
12:30 am

How many of the candidates say they will invoke the 10th Amendment against the Federal Governments involvement in our state? Ray McBerry does. How many will work to abolish the State Income Tax, and the Property Tax and apply a Consumer Sales Tax that will be fair to all who abide here or just pass through? Ray McBerry Will. Who will protect your 2nd Amendment Right to bear arms. You guessed it Ray McBerry. Who is going to rid our state of Illegal Aliens, and Secure our Borders? Who is going to limit the size of Government envolvement in our lives and get it out of the way of Free Enterprise? Thats the kind of job creation I want to hear not more government jobs. And Last but Not Least Who stands firm on the Word of God as his belief system, and believes that Life begins at Conception? That’s right Ray McBerry . So don’t be mislead by all the political jargon you hear from most of the other candidates and take a serious look at what they are saying and not saying then check out Ray McBerry for our next Governor. http://www.GeorgiaFirst.org The only States Rights Constitutionalist on the ballot for Governor The only reason the others won’t debate him is because they would lose and don’t forget that Polls lie. We The People must stand together

Eric Harrison

July 5th, 2010
2:33 am

The people of the state of Georgia have the opportunity to elect a Governor who genuinely cares about the state we live in. Who is that candidate? Ray McBerry. The Governor’s office is not a political stepping stone to Mr. McBerry. He is not a career politician who is just out for the “next big office”… He’s a man who sees the proper course of action for our state. It would be a great disservice to the entire population of the state of Georgia to elect any other candidate. http://www.georgiafirst.org

Gayle Darragh

July 5th, 2010
6:50 am

I don’t put a lot of stock in Polls because they can be very deceiving. The Facts are what I want to hear. When you look at the Candidates that are running for Governor of Georgia consider these. Who says they will reduce the size of Government and restore our Constitutional Rights, do away with Property Taxes and State Income Taxes in order to stimulate our economy and allow people to make a living to support themselves and their families? None other than Ray McBerry. Who will protect our 2nd Amendment Rights to bear arms, and invoke the 10th Amendment to protect our State from the encroachment of the Federal Government? Ray McBerry will. Who will rid our state of Illegal Aliens to eliminate them from reaping the benefits of our labors? Ray McBerry will.He is the only States Rights Constitutionalist Candidate running for the office of Governor in Georgia and bases his belief system on the Word of God, and believes that Life begins at Conception. This the kind of man I want to see in our Governors office. I don’t want to listen to Candidates that waste their time pointing out what they don’t like about the other Candidates, I want to hear what they will do for our State and its people. It’s plain to see that the so called top tier Candidates won’t debate Ray McBerry because they can’t compete on the Constitutional issues that we face. They don’t want to enter a debate that they have no chance of winning. Before you vote, look at their past service to our state and see what they have done to us , then look at the vision that Ray McBerry has for us. I don’t want to hear about tax credits and government created jobs, I want to hear about Fair Tax and Free Enterprise, Small Government Of the People, By the People and For the People, therefore my vote is for Ray McBerry. http://www.GeorgiaFirst.org

TruthHas Fallen

July 5th, 2010
8:15 am

Ray McBerry is the only one who gives a darn about Georgia and Georgians. He is the only one who will stand up to DC. If you are okay with the way things are, vote for any of the others. If you want someone real, who is on YOUR side, and who will make a difference, vote for RAY MCBERRY!!!

Babs McDonald

July 5th, 2010
2:29 pm

It is unfortunate that the big money interests in Georgia, the ones who contribute to the “bought and sold” candidates, control much of the campaign attention. Senator Jeff Chapman is a gubernatorial candidate who has the people of Georgia in his best intestest. He does not have the pwer-brokers funding his campaign for good reason. He is not afraid to go up against them and his Party’s leadership to do what he promised he would do for the people of Georgia. If Georgia voters, especially those who are undecided, will visit his web site, they will understand that Jeff Chapman is a man of his word. He has integrity and courage. He listens to ideas across the spectrum before making a decision. Georgia’s gubernatorial actions have been in the shadows for too long. Senator Jeff Chapman is a breath of fresh political air. We need him as Georgia’s next governor.

Warbler

July 5th, 2010
4:29 pm

You are correct THF, and in 15 short days the Georgia political “elite” will get the surprise of their lives.

Savannah77

July 5th, 2010
5:20 pm

Baba: Oh my, your Mr Chapman is a THREE TERM STATE SENATOR, paleeeeez don’t you realize the state of this great nation is due to career politicians! If you would be so kind to make a list of Mr C’s great accomplishments as a THREE TERM STATE SENATOR, maybe you could justify seeking support; otherwise We The People are tired of the same ole, same ole!

Lady7

July 5th, 2010
5:34 pm

You all forget that we have one of the most important decision we will every make in our lifetime come July 20th and Nov. 2nd, 2010. When you look at the candidates running for Governor, what you have is a total of 5 career politicians who just are desiring to change job titles and who have shown they will say or do anything to get elected even copying one of their opponents platform because it is liked a lot by those who really care about our country and our State. You have one female who says she won’t debate one of her fellow Republicans based on lies and innuendo of a very troubled young woman who is simply out for revenge because a Court of Law said they found no truth to her statements and wouldn’t even issue a warrant. It took her 8 years to try and exact her revenge, but it is not working except for the gossip mongers and yellow journalists who love to spread rumors and innuendo with no basis of truth. Ray now has proof positive from an eyewitness account that this young woman’s motivation to tell these lies was for money and revenge – pure and simple. However, any juicy lies for Mr. McBerry’s opponents are good ones to try and knock out of the race the only true Constitutionalist, true State’s Rights advocate, true Pro-Life advocate and truly fiscally responsible man who has the well being of Georgians first and foremost. Ray McBerry is a gubenatorial candidate who doesn’t take money from PACs or special interest groups because he doesn’t want to be beholding to anyone for any favors later on. He is a honest and ethical man who has been lied about and others who call themselves christians have perpetrated those lies and embellished them. Voters if you keep believing all the lies said about Ray McBerry, you will be allowing yourself to be duped by the same people who were found not telling the truth in a Court of Law about Ray McBerry. If a Magistrate Court Judge deemed him not having done anything improper, why can’t that be the deciding factor. Once people listen to Ray’s message and realize he knows what he is talking about on State’s Rights, the Constitution, on ways to increase jobs in Georgia and attack new businesses in the process, eliminate State Income Taxes as well as Property Taxes and replace with a simple sales tax while still increasing income to the State for education, roads and other services, the decision to vote for Ray McBerry is obvious. He knows what he is talking about and not just saying words to make voters want to support him. These are his ideas and not his opponents, who are now copying his stance on the issues and claiming to be State’s Rights or want to eliminate State Income Taxes, etc. Another plus of the simple increase in sales taxes is that illegals will begin to pay for many of the service taxpayers are now paying because of the sales tax on consumed goods, until we can get them out of our State for good. Ray is also for nullifying and protecting Georgians from the unconstitutional manadated Obamacare/Healthcare program as well as putting into law a similar law like Arizona’s on illegal immigrants moving to Georgia. Ray is for keeping more of our hardearned tax dollars here in Georgia for Georgians and not sending it off to Washington. He has plans and innovative ideas that many have not heard because they would rather put their head in the sand instead of listening to a true citizen statesman and not a politician. A man who loves his Country, loves his native State of Georgia and highly respects the men and women in our military for all their service, and wants to make a difference for our State of Georgia. Remember, it’s noT Washington. . . it’s not Atlanta. . .But GEORGIA FIRST! gO TO http://www.georgia first. org for videos of speeches and a ton of information on Ray McBerry. Our only choice for Governor in 2010. The only one with a fiscally responsible and sound plan to balance Georgia’s budget and help Georgians to get back to our founding father’s principles and values — RAY MCBERRY.

boots

July 5th, 2010
10:33 pm

McBerry is a clown who has spent more time hitting on teenage girls than he has working for GA. Deal seems to be a safe bet. Oxendine seems to be a goof ball and word on the street is he has personal baggage that will be a problem. Handle is not conservative enough, and the rest are weak. Couldn’t we have done better???

News Update – July 6, 2010

July 5th, 2010
11:24 pm

[...] In latest poll 34% of Georgian Republicans are undecided on who they will support for Governor. [...]

Daniel Brock

July 6th, 2010
7:07 am

Correction to some of these posts, Ray McBerry has had an issue with one little trailer park trash type trying to get publicity years after a judge said there was zero evidence to support the allegations. that he did anything wrong at all. Those who want to keep beating that nonsense into the ground are simply afraid of the fact that his stances on the issues are exactly what Georgia needs and Georgians are waking up to that fact. How many issues have the other candidates switched stances on since Ray entered the race?

poitico from SOWEGA

July 6th, 2010
10:21 am

Pleaseeeeeee, ANYONE but Oxendine!!!!!!!!!

O. C. Hayes

July 6th, 2010
3:51 pm

I’ve read most of the previous posts. I agree with the very supportive comments about Chapman and I suggest you visit his website. As I study the records of all of the candidates, it comes down to this: I trust him more than the other candidates. He listens. He cares about GA.

Savannah77

July 6th, 2010
5:06 pm

Hey OC: Chapman is a career politician. Three term state senator. Please give us a list of his great accomplishments! Don’t think we want to continue down this path. He may be a nice guy, but what does that really get cha? Re Elect No One!

Georgia First, Not Washington, Not Atlanta!
http://www.georgiafirst.org

Terry Miller

July 7th, 2010
1:06 pm

Good grief! Senator Jeff Chapman is NOT a “career politician.” He built his own business that was so successful it was bought by Waste Management, and Jeff Chapman became a division president. How many other candidates are that successful in business? He successfully got a bill passed to keep Jekyll Island’s south end undeveloped, and he succeeded in getting plans to “upscale” the rest of the island scaled back. He was given an award by The Arc, an organization that advocates for persons with disabilities, because of his tax plan to encourage donations to such organizations. He successfully blocked a bill that would have allowed secret meetings between economic developers from government agencies and potential new businesses. He has been an advocate for open government ever since his days as a Glynn County commissioner, where he spearheaded the move to put county meetings on cable TV.

Jeff Chapman has proved that he’s the honest and courageous candidate!

"Freddy" Krueger

July 11th, 2010
1:56 pm

Jeff Chapman challenged all his fellow Repbublicans that wanted to give Jekyll Island to other rich Republicans. He and David Poythress were the only canditates to speak out. They Kept a State Park from being stolen. Eric Johnson was an advisor on the team that tried to do that sweetheart contract with “Loot’em Longer”. If Jeff Chapman can whip the JIA’ Board’s little mega-scam butt, then he can be a good fighter for the people of Georgia

SHERRI HOLLAND

July 24th, 2010
10:47 am

MR.BARNES..YOU WERE A GREAT GOVERNOR THE LAST TIME..AND I HOPE THE YOU WILL WIN AGAIN…I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO TALK ABOUT THE CASINO IN ATLANTA..IT WILL BRING MONEY TO ATLANTA..AND CREATE JOBS…I AM TRIED OF GIVE MY MONEY OUT OF TOWN…WHEN I CAN GIVE TO MY HOME TOWN…EVERYONE WHAT IT…IT DON’T HAVE TO BE DOWNTOWN..MOST OF THEM OF WAY OUT.BUT IN THE CITE LIMITS. I KNOW IF THE PULIC CAN VOTE…THEY WILL SAY YES…ATLANTA NEED SOMETHING THAT WILL KEEP THIS CITY ALIVE. THERE NOT ANYTHING TO DO…WE HAVE A LOT OF PARKS BUT THE GET OLD…WE DON’T HAVE ANYTHING FOR PEOPE OUT OF TOWN TO GO…I KNOW IN MY HEART THAT THE CASINO WILL GO…THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK