Rooting for a runoff? Or dreading a post-Thanksgiving election?

The most recent series of polling in the race for governor in Georgia show the contest most likely headed to a runoff.

If Democrat Roy Barnes, Republican Nathan Deal or Libertarian John Monds fail to get a majority of the vote on Tuesday, then the top two finishers will face off again on Nov. 30 in a runoff election.

For many, the idea of a runoff is akin to getting a triple root canal. But for others, primarily Barnes and Monds, a runoff could mean they’re hopes remain alive.

What do you want to see happen in Tuesday's gubernatorial election?

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How about you? Are you rooting for another trip to the polls the Tuesday after Thanksgiving? Or are you hoping all this is over on Tuesday?

Sound off below, and if you’re willing to be interviewed for a story on the topic, e-mail asheinin@ajc.com with your name, age, your city of residence and your thoughts.

40 comments Add your comment

Lucy

October 27th, 2010
12:40 pm

I would prefer to see Governor Barnes without a run-off.

Lucy

October 27th, 2010
12:42 pm

Correction: Would prefer to see Governor Barnes win without a run-off!

Aaron Gould Sheinin

October 27th, 2010
12:45 pm

Lucy, any chance you’d let me use your thoughts in a story? E-mail me at asheinin@ajc.com.

Mike

October 27th, 2010
12:56 pm

Lucy

I truly hope you get your wish. This state can’t afford another 4 years like the last 8!

greg best

October 27th, 2010
12:59 pm

I hope Barnes wins without a runoff. He would be a great check to the GOP legislature and as an added bonus he would unveil all Sonny Perdue’s dirty self-enrichment schemes.

Intown

October 27th, 2010
1:22 pm

I would hope Barnes would win without a run-off too but, that ain’t going to happen. Best case scenario, Barnes forces a run-off and then wins with with some sort of get-out-the vote miracle. So, I’m hoping for a run-off.

Mark

October 27th, 2010
1:32 pm

Please no run-off. I cannot imagine three more weeks of these horrible ads being run by both Barnes and Deal.

Sick&Tired

October 27th, 2010
1:40 pm

Spare me (no run-offs). I absolutely can’t take another lying commercial or advertisement.

td

October 27th, 2010
1:50 pm

The only way to avoid a run off is either for some of you libs do vote or vote for Deal.

conservative teacher

October 27th, 2010
1:55 pm

I definitely would like to see Nathan Deal win without a runoff.

JohnnyDragon

October 27th, 2010
2:13 pm

Those that hope NoDeal wins have truly lost thier minds. How can you support the man. It is truly a case that he is running as a republican and you really do not care about the state of Georgia one bit. The last 8 years have truly reduced this great state from a national state to an emerging or worse traditional southern state. We have LOST ground to Virginia and North Carolina. Education is in the worst condition it has ever been in, my state taxes are MORE then my Federal taxes, all this happened because of the republicans in power at the state level. What a sorry deal we got. So No Deal

john

October 27th, 2010
2:37 pm

This poll is kind of silly. Why would any sane person WANT to vote twice?

True Republican

October 27th, 2010
2:39 pm

JohnnyDragon,

Correction. Our education system has been in worse condition and that just happened to be under Roy Barnes watch so I would leave the whole education situation out of your post. They loose their punch.

True Republican

October 27th, 2010
2:46 pm

A runoff would be a complete waste of time. No Democrat has ever won a runoff in Georgia. The Democratic base is only showing around a 37% “Highly Motivated” to get out and vote on Nov 2nd on a receint poll where the GOP is showing close to 70% “Highly Motivated”. the DNC is having a hard enough time getting them out there the first time. With a runoff you will have Senators Saxby and Johnny, Lt Gov Cagle and the rest of the landslide of GOP winners stoking their base to get out and vote for Nathan. If Nathan does not take the 50%+1 on Tuesday then he will win by 20% or more in a runoff at a cost of Millions to Ga taxpayers to fund the runoff.

So all you who claim to be writing in a name or voting for Monds please do us all a favor and not waste our time and be realistic.

PS. 40% chance of rain in Atl on Tuesday. If it rains Deal walks away with 55% or more of the vote.

Blackberry Cobbler

October 27th, 2010
2:58 pm

The choices in the poll being the only 2 to choose from are ridiculous. MOST viewers are likely neither one.

Blackberry Cobbler

October 27th, 2010
3:01 pm

Nathn Deal is running against King Roy. Most GA voters will vote for anybody vs. Roy Barnes. I’m not crazy about Deal but I WILL NOT vote for King Roy, period. Barnes does not stand a chance- it doesn’t matter who he’s running against.

Blackberry Cobbler

October 27th, 2010
3:08 pm

I heard that the latest poll has Deal ahead of Barnes by 10 points.

THEREFORE, assuming that Monds gets no more than 10% (which I doubt seriously he will), then MATHEMATICALLY Deal will get the 50% needed: Deal 50%, Barnes 40%, and Monds 10%.

Yes, I Said It

October 27th, 2010
3:41 pm

I agree with a previous poster who said “Deal is more crooked than the letter ‘S’!” Deal or no Deal? I say, “No Deal”. Ask Deal to show us those tax schedules so we can see what he’s hiding. Does he really think we are going to put him in office so that he can use our money to clear up his $2.5mil business issue? I don’t think so. Deal, you are going to have to find your $2.5mil somewhere else, you are not going to get it off the backs of honest, tax-paying citizens here in Georgia. Finish the business deal with the waste facility you removed your name from to keep from being associated with it while you ran for governor. Now, you can add your name back to it since YOU WILL NOT BE OUR NEXT GOVERNOR!

TelllinItLikeItIs

October 27th, 2010
3:42 pm

Runoff in the Governor’s race is not gonna happen. With Deal at 49%, Barnes negatives at 49%, and 7% undecided, more than one percent will shift to Deal in the closing days and he is the next Governor, sans runoff. You heard it here first.

Liberty Trumps All

October 27th, 2010
3:45 pm

@True Republican: Your brand of pragmatism would have been quite welcome by the British empire leading up to the Revolutionary War. “Playing it safe” accomplishes little other than burdensome regulation and nanny government. Instead of voting your conscience you propose voting for the “lesser of two evils” and attempt to justify it by invoking the fact that a runoff costs money. BFD. You can vote for either of the two parties that wants to decide which amenities you get in your cage. I’ll vote for the Libertarian candidate that wants to eliminate the cage.

King Roy

October 27th, 2010
3:52 pm

VOTE NO ON AMMENDMENT 2! No more tax money for CORRUPT Grady Hospital!

David S

October 27th, 2010
3:56 pm

It would be very nice to see Monds just win outright, but I am afraid that the voters of GA just have not yet learned that their problems are the result of the democratic and republican parties and that these two losers are about the best example of what is wrong with the two party system that one could ever put forth.

Vote John Monds and send the RIGHT message to the political system. Any other vote just says “no problem, just keep screwing us, we won’t stray from your flock no matter what you do. The politics of fear (vote for our guy or the other guy will win and that will be the end of the world) is all we understand.”

True Republican

October 27th, 2010
4:10 pm

Liberty Trumps All

October 27th, 2010
3:45 pm

Why do I have the feeling that when you were young you were one of those kids at the mall running up the down escalator? A waste of energy and a waste of time…..and annoying to all.

Know Thy Facts

October 27th, 2010
4:15 pm

Runoff! It will give more time for more facts to come out about Deal!

Mel

October 27th, 2010
4:16 pm

Oh PLEASE let it go to a run-off – if for no other reason than to let the two big parties see how disgusted we are with the choices.

Skeptical

October 27th, 2010
4:55 pm

What will happen if Nathan Deal is elected governor and is then indicted? Will stepping down be his choice? If he’s tried and convicted, would he be required to step down. Would the lt. governor serve the remainder of his term or would there be a special election? I think there’s a very good possibility this will happen.

captguitarman

October 27th, 2010
5:20 pm

A runoff is the best scenario. That way there is no danger of the “real” Deal being swept into office by the Republican tsunami that is going to hit the Dems every where on election day. Secondly, Deal was able to sand bag and keep pertinent information under wraps before the Republican primary runoff election, but just barely. He may not be able to keep things under wraps this time around. And thirdly, he might be indicted during the waiting period, as one commentator noted. A runoff will focus just on the two candidates and make both of them run on just the merits of their own case – and not benefit by a huge Republican turn out on election day. Handel Republicans — it is critical that we vote for Monds or for no one in this particular race. Georgia cannot survive another Sonny Perdue. Better to have another King Roy than a corrupt Sonny. At least there will be tension if that happens instead of a big, every body gets rich love fest between the Gov, the Gold Dome Pubs, and the lobbyists and special interests, who all support Deal (no surprise) and want to continue bidness as usual with the “real” Deal. And don’t feel guilty about it. Deal and his supporters would not have supported Handel — no way, no how — and he said as much during their runoff.

doubled

October 27th, 2010
5:42 pm

Roy just needs to donate his salary back to state,this would help some decide to vote for him.

No Longer Republican

October 27th, 2010
8:07 pm

To the dumbass who posted under King Roy. Amendment 2 has nothing to do with grady…it is to build trauma centters in areas of the state where there is no trauma centers. Atlanta has plenty…parts of the state have none. Some people….

No Longer Republican

October 27th, 2010
8:09 pm

To answer the question, I would prefer Roy to get just enough to avoid a run off. Not likely, but we can hope! Any chance Deal could be arrested before Tuesday? Why do Georgians want to put another crook in the Governor;s office. We just never learn!

Willie

October 27th, 2010
8:10 pm

Maybe in another universe in which Roy Barnes is not running and Obama is not president, Deal might lose. Not in this one though

Susie

October 27th, 2010
8:31 pm

I have know Roy Barnes for 30+ years and I am hoping and praying that Nathan Deal gets it. King Roy has family members that won’t vote him, calling him a snake in the grass. I think a lot of the info on Deal has been blown out of proportion. From what I have read he has done nothing to be put in jail. They are both politicians and all politicians are crooked.

Janice

October 27th, 2010
9:34 pm

No Susie, Nathan Deal is way more crooked than even your average politician. Thats why he quit a high paid senators job in the middle of the night.

Susie

October 27th, 2010
10:02 pm

No Janice, you are wrong–he stayed to vote No for the Insurance reform. You need to read the facts and not listen to the ads. He is the lesser of the two evils.

luangtom

October 28th, 2010
1:28 am

Sure wish we could be spared a run-off and that a simple-majority would win it for someone. I do not know how much more of this negative-ad deluge the voters can take. The candidates could do us all a favor and stick to the issues. We all know that none of them is without fault. Which is worse, crooked politicians or shyster attorneys? This is what the voters have to decide on……the Third Party is not going to be anything but a spoiler in this election.

grizzybear

October 28th, 2010
6:29 am

in my opinion, there will be several run-offs because of the lack of solid candidates from both parties down the ballott.

Don

October 28th, 2010
6:33 am

It is obvious that Janice has no facts. Nathan Deal was not a Senator.

Ed Stavaganza

October 28th, 2010
7:30 am

We should have a “winner take all” system and forget about these expensive runoffs!

Mike

October 28th, 2010
9:50 am

The number & quality of TV ads is outrageous! If this is the future of politics (& I”m afraid it is), things will only get worse. I think the candidates should have four state-wide debates that are televised & that’s it. No TV ads. Television for the most part has ruined politics. It’s all about who can raise the most money to spend on stupid TV ads. I change the channel when a political (or lawyer) ad comes on. Please, just somebody win & let’s move on.

Sirius Kase

October 28th, 2010
5:03 pm

How about Instant Run Off, the best of both! Vote for who you really want, and then vote for who you’d settle for if you can’t have him.