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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July 2nd, 2010
8:37 pm

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


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


July 3rd, 2010
6:23 am

Dick, Have a look at General Poythress.


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…


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.


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.


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.


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….


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.


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.


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?


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!


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.


July 3rd, 2010
9:02 am

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


July 3rd, 2010
9:07 am

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


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. . . .


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.


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.


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


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….


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.


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)


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


July 3rd, 2010
12:09 pm

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


July 3rd, 2010
12:16 pm

Poythress haha

Shawn Stafford

July 3rd, 2010
12:30 pm

There all more of the same…except McBerry !


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.


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 !!


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??


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….


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.