Georgia governor’s race could be headed to a runoff

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Sunday’s Insider column pointed to the possibility of a runoff in Georgia’s race for governor. 11Alive just provided some fresh statistical underpinnings:

With the general election just a week from Tuesday, a new independent poll from SurveyUSA commissioned by 11Alive News and V-103 Radio shows a commanding lead for Georgia’s Republicans in statewide offices, but it also shows an increased possibility of a runoff in the hotly contested governor’s race.

Democratic candidate and former Gov. Roy Barnes is up a small bit from our last survey six weeks ago, but the numbers indicate that Republican former US Congressman Nathan Deal is ahead of Barnes, 49 percent to 39 percent.

Libertarian John Monds, at 8 percent, Monday takes the votes of 1-in-4 independents and 1-in-6 liberals, potentially keeping Deal just under the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff, though support for third-party candidates sometimes collapses on Election Day.

Read more about the poll’s findings.

11 comments Add your comment


October 26th, 2010
10:44 am

I wonder if there has ever been any other election in which both of the candidates were so universally disliked and distrusted…….

Straight Talk

October 26th, 2010
10:49 am

As George Wallace often said, “There’s not a dime’s worth of difference…”

True Republican

October 26th, 2010
10:57 am

This race is over. Deal will probably squeek this thing out with a little over 50%. If not he will win in a runoff because the Dems will not get back out to the polls. The GOP is highly motivated and WILL return to the polls a month later. The people of Georgia who vote for Monds or Write in a name are just going to waste a few million tax $ on a runoff.


October 26th, 2010
11:08 am

There is no way I’d vote for either the two sorry candidates as long as I have another option.


October 26th, 2010
11:09 am

I can’t believe people are allowing themselves to be hoodwinked by Roy Barnes. Didn’t you learn anything the first time? Barnes is a silver-tongued devil who will say or do ANYTHING to get elected! I’m not head over heels crazy about Nathan Deal but he is, hands down, the better choice. Barnes is an arrogant, egotistical blow hard who won’t give a s*** about any of you once he’s elected!!!!

roybama barnes

October 26th, 2010
11:14 am

Why did Roy Barnes coddle and empower the most notorious serial pedophile in U.S. history? Why did Roy Barnes call Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills and ask him to “back off” of his investigation? Why did Roy Barnes host the Nuwaubian cult members in the Governor’s office for photos a mere month before the FBI raid?


October 26th, 2010
11:28 am

All the Deal will do his hasten the demise of this state from “the” place in the south to being a second tier town to Charlotte or Raleigh. Don’t GA voters realize how bad Deal is perceived outside this state and how he will hurt our chances of funding or attracting businesses here………….

We seriously need an IQ test as a pre-requisit for voting.

You Can Tell By The Smell

October 26th, 2010
11:47 am

The rotten odor drifting across Georgia comes from smelly candidates in both parties and the “lost their way” political parties that back them in their effort to bring lasting disgrace to our state. None give a tinker’s damm about the people they are supposed to represent. They are too busy lining their own pockets and grabbing for power to realize that our state and nation is going to hell in a handbasket! I guess we…the voters…have to accept our share of the responsibility as we continue to vote these self serving idiots into office where they can continue to pick our pockets at will. God help Georgia and the United States of America. But then, on second thought, why should He? After all we have turned our collective backs on Him. Maybe we are just getting what we deserve! I sure hope not!


October 26th, 2010
1:55 pm

The only way I’d ever vote for Nathan Deal would be if he were running against Roy Barnes!!! Oh wait………………..


October 27th, 2010
11:47 am

Three choices-
two are known crooks and the independant choice.
I choose to send a message and let both political sides know that no longer will “we the people” allow for corrupt two party control.


October 27th, 2010
11:50 am

Crook A or Crook B. Both are crooks.