Poll Position: Who is GOP’s best choice for U.S. Senate?

There’s been a lot of speculation for some time now about who in the Georgia GOP might challenge U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss in a primary when he’s up for re-election in 2014. That speculation owes to a couple of issues on which he’s strayed from the main Republican Party line, most recently and notably with his openness to revenue increases via his work with the Gang of Six in the Senate.

Who is the GOP's best choice for U.S. Senate?

  • The incumbent, Saxby Chambliss (217 Votes)
  • Someone else (92 Votes)
  • Tom Price (42 Votes)
  • Paul Broun (25 Votes)
  • Tom Graves (13 Votes)

Total Voters: 389

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The buzz grew last week after Congressman Tom Price lost his bid for a higher position in the House GOP leadership ranks (to Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington). Adding to the intrigue surrounding Price is the fact Speaker John Boehner, a friend of Chambliss’s, backed McMorris Rodgers.

In an article posted last night, Roll Call suggests another possible challenger to Chambliss is Congressman Paul Broun of Athens. Another tea-party favorite, Rep. Tom Graves, is also sometimes mentioned.

The thinking among Georgia politicos is that if one person jumps into the primary, others will follow. But who would be the best choice? Or is the best choice the man who already holds the office?

That’s this week’s Poll Position question (I realize it’s not Friday, but I will not be in the office this Friday). The question is not who will run, but who would be the best choice for the job, keeping in mind that we’re only talking about Republicans this time and will deal with potential Democratic statewide candidates another day. Answer in the nearby poll and in the comments thread below.

(Note: While voting continues apace, all comments will be going through moderation now through my return to the office on Monday. Have a happy Thanksgiving!)

– By Kyle Wingfield

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195 comments Add your comment

Have the Republicans Learned Nothing?

November 20th, 2012
12:05 pm

Campaigning for 2014 already? As if we need more proof that the Republicans didn’t get the message from the last election (you know – the one we had two weeks ago). The message is: STOP BEING SO SELF-ABSORBED, AS IF YOUR OWN POLICIES ARE THE ONLY POLICIES, AND START WORKING WITH THE OTHER SIDE TO ACTUALLY ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING.

But no… we must start positioning ourselves for the next round of elections, and therefore we must obstruct anything and everything the other side tries to do until then. PATHETIC. Right up their with Boy Wonder Rubio’s pathetic pandering to the right wing extremists. “I have no idea how old the earth is – it’s not my area of expertise, I’m not a scientist, blah blah blah”. Hey Marco – pandering to creationists is NOT a winning strategy. But feel free. “Permanent Republican Minority” has a nice ring to it.

Aquagirl

November 20th, 2012
12:07 pm

Graves is a freeloading sponge, Broun and Price are loons….and these are the serious contenders? Y’all better stick with the RINO draft-dodger.

Marty

November 20th, 2012
12:09 pm

A better question would be, ” Which of the 3 Republican challengers reminds you most of this years Tea Party candidates in Indiana and Missouri ? ” Much tougher choice

JohnnyReb

November 20th, 2012
12:09 pm

I would like to see an outspoken Obstructionist as senator. One who uses every legal manuver possible to stop Obama, Reid and the Left’s agenda. That’s not Chambliss. Whether any of the other guys listed would do that; I don’t know.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

November 20th, 2012
12:12 pm

Who is GOP’s best choice for U.S. Senate?

Which one of them is NOT pro-rape?

JohnnyReb

November 20th, 2012
12:14 pm

BTW – all the BS about the election results is just that. Obama won 26 states and DC. That’s one more than half for those challenged. The popular vote gave him less than 51%. So, the item of learning is, there was no mandate to Obama. He won, but not by much.

Obama barely won by running the dirtiest campaign in modern history.

The learning item for Republicans is, we have to play on the opponents level. McCain did not get that and neither did Mitt. If the RNC does not now get it, the party could be done.

Georgia, The " New Mississippi "

November 20th, 2012
12:16 pm

Damn Kyle,
Pick your poison. They are all cut from the same piece of wood.

ralph

November 20th, 2012
12:19 pm

Not one of them. They are all bad choices.

Lil' Barry Bailout - OBAMAPHONE!!!

November 20th, 2012
12:27 pm

“[We] will deal with potential Democratic statewide candidates another day”
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Seems like a waste of pixels to me, but OK.

The Republican wins.

JDW

November 20th, 2012
12:27 pm

The GA GOP would be wise to heed the lessons of Akins, Mourdock, Angle, O’Donnell, etc…

JDW

November 20th, 2012
12:28 pm

@LBB…”The Republican wins”

Better check those demographics…they are changing quickly. BTW for extra credit what two states where Romney won had the lowest margin of victory?

sam

November 20th, 2012
12:30 pm

i like chambliss, he has nice hair

Aquagirl

November 20th, 2012
12:31 pm

Obama won 26 states and DC. That’s one more than half for those challenged.

While Mitt took those mighty electoral powerhouses like Idaho and Montana. There’s your path to success Goopers! As soon as potatoes and cows get the vote you’ll steamroll back into power!

GaBlue

November 20th, 2012
12:35 pm

While it would be entertaining to see someone attack Sen. Chambliss’ character with the same kind of venomous lies with which he attacked his predecessor, I don’t see how any of these Pekoe heads would serve the people of this state any better than our current senator, who doesn’t serve our interests at all. Dr. Price would just love to sate his lust for more power with a bigger uh… seat in government, but if he’s foolish enough to run against Saxby, he won’t last the season.

Henne

November 20th, 2012
12:36 pm

Kyle Wingfield.

Lil' Barry Bailout - OBAMAPHONE!!!

November 20th, 2012
12:37 pm

JDW: Better check those demographics…they are changing quickly.
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There are still many more Americans than parasites in this state.

Dusty

November 20th, 2012
12:39 pm

Well, I see the wild turkeys all flew over here.

Would you believe Finn has ACTUALLY asked “Which one of them is NOT pro-rape?”

It’s Thanksgiving time, Finn. NOT Halloween

Oh nevermind. I’m going shopping. If I see Saxby, I’ll shake his hand.

Lil' Barry Bailout - OBAMAPHONE!!!

November 20th, 2012
12:39 pm

(Although Obozo and Democrats are working hard to change that)

GaBlue

November 20th, 2012
12:41 pm

Dusty,

Well, which one?

southpaw

November 20th, 2012
12:42 pm

Which one of them is NOT pro-rape?
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Each of them.

Wow. That was easy.

JDW

November 20th, 2012
12:45 pm

For Tiberius, MD and anyone else that felt the need to spread COMPLETELY UNFOUNDED rumors regarding Florida voting irregularities….don’t you feel silly now?

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/20/after-recount-west-concedes-in-tight-congressional-race/?hpt=hp_t2

JDW

November 20th, 2012
12:46 pm

@LBB…”There are still many more Americans than parasites in this state.”

Indeed there are and more and more are voting Democratic.

Lil' Barry Bailout - OBAMAPHONE!!!

November 20th, 2012
12:49 pm

Americans don’t vote based on who will give them more of someone else’s property, JDW.

Parasites are, by definition, Democrats.

NoMoreRawDeal

November 20th, 2012
12:57 pm

Herman Cain. But then he wouldn’t get elected because Georgia Republicans do not elect black Republicans no matter what.

Yep

November 20th, 2012
1:00 pm

Chambliss wakes up every once in a while and trots himself out in front of the cameras to say something… but that is about all he has done since he was put into office. He is USELESS.

JohnnyReb

November 20th, 2012
1:00 pm

Parasites are, by definition, Democrats.

True, but I like the new labels – Makers and Takers

jconservative

November 20th, 2012
1:04 pm

Incumbents are generally hard to beat. But in 2010 and 2012 Republicans managed to kick out a few incumbents. The fact that they were not able to then hold the seat for their party is another manner. Or is it?

In Broun’s election this year Charles Darwin received 14,000 write-in votes. Is he a possibility? Or does the Constitution require an actual living person? (I just checked the Constitution, an actual living person is required, notwithstanding some of the members of the current US Senate.)

If my selection must be one of these, it looks like I will vote Libertarian. Again.

JohnnyReb

November 20th, 2012
1:05 pm

Speaking of Takers – I wonder if Chambiss could stop the free cell phones?

I pay about $165 per month for 3 cell phones. The guy who did yard work for me this past summer had three different free cell phones. When he ran out of minutes on one, he swithced to another.

Takers know now to “game” the system. They applied that to the election. The conclusion, we/Repubs are dumb.

Don't Tread

November 20th, 2012
1:10 pm

My vote is for whichever one will adhere to the Constitution. (Might be “none of the above”.)

It’s past time to stop taking away real rights and adding “rights” that don’t exist, such as the “right” to a free cell phone, free welfare for life, etc.

Rafe Hollister, dreading the eventual decline caused by Obamanism

November 20th, 2012
1:14 pm

Most importantly we have to decide if they are electable. JDW is correct, Georgia is growing more toward the dependency party. Chambliss is unreliable and a RINO, but a RINO is better than an Obamabot. The other two are not electable, too many skeletons in their closets and they lack statewide name recognition. Paul Broun is a joke in need of a punchline. The GOP bench in Georgia is thin, time to call up a rookie, maybe Austin Scott.

political arsonist

November 20th, 2012
1:18 pm

all liers, crooks, hate mongers, NRA-phobes, bible thumping imbecils. Jason Carter would be the right man.

Yep

November 20th, 2012
1:22 pm

Hey JohnnyReb… that free cell phones program was created by Reagan and enhanced under Clinton and Bush… do yourself a favor and get an education:
http://www.snopes.com/politics/taxes/cellphone.asp

curious

November 20th, 2012
1:23 pm

God help the Republican party if that’s the best they have to offer.

My momma told me she would rather give it away (Democrats) than to have them steal from her (Republicans).

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

November 20th, 2012
1:24 pm

JDW, they were not unfounded, they were legitimate questions that needed to be asked.

Of course, when you support the party of voting dead people, you don’t like questions to be asked about voting, do you, JDW?

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

November 20th, 2012
1:26 pm

As to the question Kyle posted, ANYBODY would be better than Saxby on the Republican side.

That guy’s been a waste of oxygen since day one.

Black Label

November 20th, 2012
1:31 pm

JDW

Great post. The L
“alleged” fraud issue in St Lucie Cty was bs from the start. Except for the opinion shows, not even the “news” part of Fox News paid much attention to it.

It was mostly the right wing talk heads and websites trying to gin up a story. Most knew it was going nowhere and of course it didn’t.

jconservative

November 20th, 2012
1:32 pm

Re the just completed presidential election some are discussing. My 2 cents.

Obama pulled off quite an achievement. Obama is only the 4th president in the last 108 years to win the popular vote in two presidential elections. The other three are F D Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Reagan. That puts Obama in very rare and exclusive company.

And, Republicans have now lost the popular vote in 5 of the last 6 presidential elections. What will Republicans do to stop it from being 6 of 7? That is really the big question for 2016.

One difficulty that Republicans have is that in today’s world of radio, TV, internet, cell phones and all the Twitter type stuff out there every Republican office holder now becomes the “voice and face” of the party. The Republicans attempt at “vaginal inserts” in Virginia cost Republicans women’s votes in all 50 states. And when the young woman testified before Congress about contraceptives and Limbaugh called her a “slut”, 68% of unmarried women voted for Obama. And do I need to discuss the actions of several Republican state legislatures costing Romney votes in the latino community?

I see no reason why Republicans cannot control the US House for the foreseeable future. I see no reason the Democrats will not keep control of the US Senate. The question on the table is how bad do the Republicans want the White House?

JDW

November 20th, 2012
1:34 pm

@LBB…”Parasites are, by definition, Democrats.”

Only parasite I see around here is you LBB…you get your energy from trying to suck any shred of decency from every post.

JDW

November 20th, 2012
1:36 pm

@Tiberius…”they were not unfounded, they were legitimate questions that needed to be asked.”

They were completely unfounded, based on fantasy and a failure to read past page 2 of a 70 page document.

DawgDad

November 20th, 2012
1:46 pm

“One difficulty that Republicans have is that in today’s world of radio, TV, internet, cell phones and all the Twitter type stuff out there every Republican office holder now becomes the “voice and face” of the party. ”

The same is true for the Democrats.

Jefferson

November 20th, 2012
1:52 pm

Tom Graves is a crook.

Parasites are high income earners not paying their fair share.

Black Label

November 20th, 2012
1:55 pm

Two yrs is many life times in politics, but Saxby will probably hang on.

stands for decibels

November 20th, 2012
2:01 pm

I’m with Henne.

Kyle, *you* ought to primary-challenge these thievin’ varmints!

/drive-by

Progressive Humanist

November 20th, 2012
2:03 pm

I hope Broun gets it because I want a Democrat in office.

Jefferson

November 20th, 2012
2:04 pm

Oh yea, thank for the laugh you folks are funny.

Rockerbabe

November 20th, 2012
2:06 pm

Vote Democratic for a real change!

Rockerbabe

November 20th, 2012
2:07 pm

I vote for former mayor Shirley Franklin!

Jefferson

November 20th, 2012
2:10 pm

Of all the GOP fellows out there Ross Tolleson may not be ruined yet.

mike

November 20th, 2012
2:11 pm

Judging by a lot of the comments here, it will make no difference who runs. All your hate, disrepect and overall just plain ole meanness did not help you folks in the last election but it did keep Georgia’s state legialators in office. Really saids something about some people in this state. The real surprise will be when the other people of Georgia will vote out all the long time conserves. Now that will be a shocker for you folks.

St Simons

November 20th, 2012
2:14 pm

which one of THOSE?

well, which one of them can sneak up behind a goat
while playing Dueling Banjos?
there’s your answer, duh