Georgia runoffs possible for governor, attorney general, school superintendent

By Aaron Gould Sheinin and Jeremy Redmon, AJC staff writers

Republicans lead in Georgia’s top statewide races going into Tuesday’s elections, but three contests could be headed toward a runoff, a new poll conducted for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Georgia Newspaper Partnership shows.

In the race for governor, Republican Nathan Deal leads Democrat Roy Barnes 47 percent to 40 percent, with Libertarian John Monds getting the support of 6 percent. Seven percent are undecided, according to the poll conducted Tuesday through Thursday by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc.

In addition to the governor’s race, runoffs could be possible in races for attorney general and state school superintendent. The poll found that Republican attorney general candidate Sam Olens leads Democrat Ken Hodges 46 percent to 34 percent, with Libertarian Don Smart receiving the support of 4 percent. Sixteen percent of respondents said they were undecided.

In the race for school superintendent, the poll found Republican John Barge with 39 percent to 29 percent for Democrat Joe Martin. Libertarian Kira Willis had the support of 5 percent, and a full 27 percent said they were undecided. Read the full article.

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November 1st, 2010
9:48 am

“Google the name Kenneth B. Hodges” and then SAY NO on election day.


November 1st, 2010
9:49 am

More liberal bias and wishful thinking from the AJC.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports: “If recent polls are correct, Deal probably will win outright, University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock said. Barnes has virtually no chance to win and little chance to force a runoff, he said.

Deal is holding a 10 point lead over Barnes in almost all of the polls. That is considered a “landslide”, but the AJC won’t ever use that term for a Republican.

Deal has gained significant endorsements throughout the state, including from The Augusta Chronicle, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, The Savannah Morning News, The Gainesville Times, The Chattanooga Times-Free Press and The Thomasville Times-Enterprise.


November 1st, 2010
10:20 am

Well if you don’t want your “liberal bias,” feel free to read those illustrious papers you mentioned Ralph. Because I’m sure they don’t have any bias at all, no sir, because they write what “real Americans” want to hear.

Get real.

Mark C

November 1st, 2010
11:00 am

“University” of Georgia professor??? LMAO!


November 1st, 2010
11:02 am

Nathan Deal — too crooked for Washington. Apparently not too crooked for the Georgia GOP.


November 1st, 2010
11:03 am

If the two major political parties want to avoid runoffs they will have to provide better candidates in the future! I can’t wait to watch the numbers roll in on Tuesday night. I predict we will see far more MONDS support in the actual returns than the polls have indicated. In my very humble opinion, we’ve been headed for a runoff ever since Handel lost the Republican primary. The choice between Deal and Barnes is NO choice at all. They are two sides of the same coin.

Alice B

November 1st, 2010
11:07 am

It’ll be another 4 years of mismanagement and non-management by the GOP when Deal is elected. How anyone could have spent the past 8 years watching do-nothing Sonny Perdue ignore every problem in the state and still vote for another GOP governor is beyond me.

Republicans: they campaign by saying that government doesn’t work, then when elected set about proving it.


November 1st, 2010
11:52 am

Barnes will do the best among the Democrats and if he is only at 40%, then there will be no run offs for the down ticket races and Barnes will be lucky if he gets into a run-off.

Defeat Hodges!

November 1st, 2010
12:18 pm

Ken Hodges is one man I could NEVER vote for. As David said, just Google his name. He has done too many stupid and unethical things to be put in a higher office. I think the “undecided” will break in favor of the leader, Sam Olens, if history holds true.

Think REAL, not DEAL!!

November 1st, 2010
12:45 pm


Remember, Georgia, you get what you vote for:

Georgia native

November 1st, 2010
12:55 pm

The Republicans seem to be winning by repeating their political talking points. When people see they have no plan and are only after power, people will be even angrier. The Republicans will do the bidding of their corporate masters and send more jobs overseas, executive pay will reach even higher, and the middle class will get even smaller. Uneducated whites will get themselves worked up over a social issues that really don’t affect them, while overpaid doctors and insurance companies continue to take morean their share of the pie. More technology jobs head to India and even the state of Georgia uses United Healthcare to process health insurance claims in India. Republicans insure that Georgia’s taxpayer money goes overseas.


November 1st, 2010
11:10 pm