InsiderAdvantage has a poll out today showing the Republican race for governor in a state of stasis:
– John Oxendine, 25%
– Karen Handel, 10%
– Nathan Deal, 9%
– Eric Johnson, 7%
– Austin Scott, 3%
– Ray McBerry, 1%
– Undecided, 45%.
The essentials: 580 likely Republican voters, MOE -/+ 4 percentage points.
“This number marks a significant increase over the last gubernatorial poll conducted by Insider Advantage,” says the press release put out this morning by the Oxendine campaign. The reference is to a May 2009 poll that put Oxendine at 21.3 percent.
Given a 4 percent margin of error, it is a statistically significant increase, but barely. What the campaign doesn’t mention is that, seven months ago, Oxendine was crowing over a Rasmussen poll that gave the insurance commissioner a “commanding” 35 percent lead over the field.
One other note: Again, given the margin of error, it looks like we’ve got a three-way tie for second place in the Republican field – which speaks well for Johnson, who hails from small-market Savannah.
State Rep. Austin Scott, the Republican candidate for governor from Tifton, has apparently assigned himself the job of tarnishing front-running state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine.
Last week, at the Georgia Christian Alliance debate, with Oxendine looking on, Scott introduced himself to the audience thusly:
Let’s be honest. How many of you hate political corruption? I can’t stand it. I know, I get pretty passionate about it. I can even blow my top when I see political corruption.”
This afternoon, Scott has scheduled a press conference in the state Capitol to show off new legislation “to change campaign finance laws governing the office of the insurance commissioner.”
We’re told the legislation would bar solicitation of campaign funds from insurance company officers.
State Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville) is the lead sponsor of H.B. 1155, which is likely to become the focus of anti-abortion forces this session. The “Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act” would make it a crime to solicit abortions on the basis of race. The bill was dropped Wednesday.
Those billboards around town declaring black children to be an endangered species? That’s what this is about.
The Democratic Party of Georgia says it has landed former Virginia governor Tim Kaine, the party’s national chairman, for its annual Jefferson-Jackson fund-raising dinner on March 22.
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