Poll: Handel leads Deal by 9 points in GOP runoff

The local Republican-oriented strategy firm of Landmark Communications is out this afternoon with the first polls in the Republican runoffs for governor and attorney general. In the governor’s race, former secretary of state Karen Handel has a nine-point lead over former congressman Nathan Deal, 45.8 percent to 37.1 percent. Undecideds were measured at 17.1 percent.  Read more.

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Marge Wood

August 2nd, 2010
8:31 pm

This poll obviously was taken before last night’s debate where Karen Handel looked pitiful…totally angry and defensive. Hard to know where these 800 voters were from but she really looked diminished in my eyes. All of my family and friends will to early voting tomorrow for Nathan Deal. We have studied his voting record and like his legislative record. Karen has no experience in the legislature and it is embarassing to me that she never went to college and thinks she has the credentials to be governor….ambition over substance. She is an outsider and based on the Georgia legislature endorsements, she would not do well in working with this body so I hope she loses…maybe she should take some online college courses and beef up her resume a bit.

Atlanta Region Pragmatist

August 2nd, 2010
8:47 pm

No disrespect intended for the folks that I’m sure put a lot of work into putting out this poll. However, Forrest Gump could have been the offical pollster for this run-off… the electorate is like a box of chocolates, you don’t know what you are going to get… in terms of turn-out and geographic concentration of that turn-out.

Since the AJC blog entry refers to a poll of 800 voters, a reasonable question is… “Is the a reasonable reflection of the universe of voters that will actually turn-out for an August primary run-off?” Perhaps Landmark would have given us more beneficial information if it had been a poll of 800 high-performance voters or at least 800 voters that cast ballots in the July GOP primary. If the poll did pull from that universe, perhaps the AJC can clarify that aspect of the preference poll.

Karen Handel's GED

August 2nd, 2010
9:29 pm




These are just a few of the adjectives used to describe Karen Handel last night. She looked like she was having a menopausal episode. She embarrassed the GOP with her angry fits and her mean-spirited hatefulness.

It made me wonder just how awful it must be to be her husband Steve. Poor guy must be used to it by now.

Handel? In a Word, "No".

August 2nd, 2010
10:10 pm

Handel urged Deal to put on his “big boy pants”.

I’ll bet she knows quite a bit about big boy pants.

But on that note, she chose not to wear hers when she refused to debate her Republican rivals earlier. Using the subterfuge of not wanting to share the stage with “that man” (who is no longer in the race), she ducked out and took a pass in order to execute a planned tactical move. Arguably, her move worked–but in politics one can’t always pick and choose whether to debate.

Handel rejected her key rivals by lumping them together and by calling them crooks and good ole boys. If they had called her a “good ole girl” she would have had her big boy pants in a wad.

Nathan Deal has a 100% score with the American Conservative Union (ACU) and was endorsed by the NRA. He didn’t dodge his Republican rivals in the early debates which means he won’t run away when things get tough.

That’s good enough for me.

Hard Working Conservative

August 3rd, 2010
2:02 am

Deal diverted state resources to HIS OWN BUSINESS by using his position to EXCLUDE LEGITIMATE HARD WORKING Georgians from bidding on a state motor vehicle inspection contract! This contract approaches $1 million dollars/yr in value. There is no possible way I could vote for him, Deal is dirty and dishonest.

El Kabong

August 3rd, 2010
3:09 am

The complaints about Karen Handel are the same type always directed against female politicians, appearance, temperament, and now education level. The complaint against Deal is his honesty. There is no changing the fact that he was until he ran away he was a part of the mob in Washington that let the US get in the mess it’s in. Both Dems and Reps. Read this editorial about the way the Rep party has delivered the US to doom:


Karen Handel is the best of the GOP in this state and that still beats King Roy.

Straight Talk

August 3rd, 2010
6:47 am

Deal is seriously damaged goods. Where I come from many folks would call him a crook. C.R.E.W. [Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington] named him one of the 15 Most Corrupt Members of Congress. He is in select company – Rep. Charlie Rangle and Rep. Maxine Waters, both charged by the House with ethics violations, are among the gang of 15. Once Deal was charged in 2009 with ethics violations, he resigned from the House instead of fighting them like an innocent man would have done. Now he wants Georgia voters to overlook his crooked dealings and elect him governor. I don’t think so. For corroboration of Deal’s unsavory character please read the charges the House leveled against him:

Bitter EX democrackkk

August 3rd, 2010
6:57 am

Karen Handel is the ONLY SMART CHOICE for Georgia Governor!

STRIVE to VOTE SMARTER than Deal OR Barnes!!! they are BOTH CROOKS!


August 3rd, 2010
7:18 am

If Handel was truly “the only smart choice” perhaps she would have a college degree? Face it folks, Handel is the liberal’s second choice for governor behind Barnes.


August 3rd, 2010
7:27 am

Pragmatist look on their website, it says it was of republican voters from July 20th


August 3rd, 2010
7:40 am

Deal is part of the problem, not the solution. Handel may not have a college degree, but some of our best entreprenneurs don’t have that piece of paper. Deal is a scumbag who took advantage of his position while in the house for his own personal gain, and then ran away when he was called out on it. Time for some new blood.

Pamela McGregor

August 3rd, 2010
8:08 am

I am writing this from a spectaclar vacation spot. By the time I land next monday evening, Handel’s Messiah- Palin, will have come and gone. This sounds more like a “tracing” match up- a smack down than intelligent politics between them. The Mama grizzlie and cojone themes are buzz words that mean nothing. A real debate will say who is the better candidate and 17% undecided among Repubs may signal a low voter turnout. It seems that neither candidate is strong or appealing; a gender split perhaps which does not look good for either candidate. Barnes will get the Black and Hispanic votes, the young people and white liberals. Going to S Georgia yesterday was Barnes was a master coup; GA does not need a national intervention in the form of Palin or Obama.


August 3rd, 2010
8:30 am

Deal will carry rural Georgia HUGE ….he is The only pro-life Canidate..endorsed by GRTL and GeorgiaCarry and the NRA…..Church folk vote.

Seal the Deal

August 3rd, 2010
9:08 am

Using your political office for personal gain is illegal, but the wheels of justice roll slow. He has not disputed the facts but has simply denied that what he did was wrong. It will be interesting to see if Deal gets indicted based on the investigation of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Wouldn’t it be embarrasing for it to happen when he is our elected Governor?

Handel losing support.....

August 3rd, 2010
11:14 am

Handel losing support due to her negative campaign.


Just another example of people noticing the integrity of the candidates and how they would govern. It’s called “people skills”…something Karen Handel lacks…badly


August 3rd, 2010
1:00 pm

Deal was named along with Jesse Jackson Jr, Roland Burris, Mitch McConnell and about 8 others as the most corrupt people in Congress. Democrats and Republicans alike. That is something that cant be overlooked, unless you want a no bid contract with the State as well.

Throckmorton J Malcontent

August 3rd, 2010
1:19 pm

Well Dirty Dealers, looks like your pinup girl Sarah has come back to haunt you…

Throwing stones

August 3rd, 2010
2:28 pm

Michael…you are quick to throw stones just as Karen Handel has chosen to do but you need to do better homework. The corruption site that you and the Karen Handel Campaign are referencing that was also included in her attack literature lists 15 people on their list. They further state that “Of this year’s list of 15, at least 12 are under some sort of investigation: Vern Buchanan, Roland Burris, Ken Calvert, John Ensign, Jesse Jackson Jr., Jerry Lewis, Alan Mollohan, John Murtha, Charlie Rangel, Laura Richardson, Pete Visclosky and Don Young.” Nathan Deal is NOT one of them.
Reference: http://www.crewsmostcorrupt.org/about


August 3rd, 2010
4:53 pm

Throwing Stones, only because Deal dropped out of Congress about 30 minutes before they were to do something. Ask Casey Cagle why there was a no bid contract and now a federal investigation related to this story. I dont need to throw stones, only facts. But as long as someone can yell about immigration, guns, and other stuff to get people riled up then they can divert attention from their misdeeds. Just shows how the Tea Party will support anyone regarless of character, if they say the right things.

Mike Shaffer

August 4th, 2010
3:14 pm

I’ve been watching the Georgia governor’s with interest from Pennsylvania, as a former Georgia resident for 18 years, I came to know Nathan Deal as a neighbor in Clermont and also a member of the Gainesville Rotary Club.Nathan at the time was a State Senator. I find the whole left wing ethics campaign against Nathan to be ridiculous. Here’s wishing PA could have a quality individual at the helm like Nathan rather than what we have now.


August 4th, 2010
7:42 pm

Mike when it’s against someone you like it’s a conspiracy by the left wing!!! My bet if it was a Democrat you would be whinning 24 hours a day. That list had both Dems and Repulicans on it, now the Fed has it.