Herman Cain leads Newt Gingrich among Georgia GOP voters

Newt Gingrich’s favorite-son strategy isn’t working out so well in Georgia, according to a quick InsiderAdvantage/Channel 2 Action News poll released this evening.

Gingrich may have the support of Gov. Nathan Deal, but Republican voters – at least for the moment – prefer pizzazz of pizza magnate and former radio talk show host Herman Cain.

Results from the poll, with a +/-5% MOE:

– Cain, 26%;

– Michele Bachmann, 13%;

– Newt Gingrich, 12%;

– Sarah Palin, 11%;

– Mitt Romney, 10%;

– Tim Pawlenty, 1%;

– Ron Paul, 1%;

– Other, 4%;

– Undecided, 22%.

Earlier this year Gingrich, a former U.S. House speaker and Georgia congressman, declared that much of his campaign would be run from Buckhead. But Gingrich hasn’t had an appearance here since his speech at the state GOP convention in mid-May.

From the Channel 2 website:

“I’m surprised at the level that Herman Cain is leading the rest of the pack. I’m not surprised by the fact that he’s leading. He’s been in Atlanta. He’s been on the radio,” said Matt Towery, CEO of InsiderAdvantage.

“Herman Cain’s performance does show two things. One, there is a certain degree of hometown support for him, and secondly, there’s a degree of support from people who are disaffected and don’t want anything to do with politicians who held office,” Towery told Channel 2’s Lori Geary.

… The poll of 407 people has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.

strong>- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Jon

June 3rd, 2011
7:00 pm

Wanna see a Democrat carry GA?

Nominate Cain.

UniversityofMiamiAlumni/South DeKalb

June 3rd, 2011
7:07 pm

Well I got this poll last night in my home in Dekalb and I would vote for Cain

hsgrad

June 3rd, 2011
7:29 pm

Should pollsters and Georgia Progressives be surprised? Look what the non-thinking electorate elects to
the gold dome.

Fire Eater

June 3rd, 2011
7:36 pm

Tom Tancredo might get into the race…what do you think his platform would be? All of the other candidates are for open borders and free trade.

Tell the truth

June 3rd, 2011
8:02 pm

Let’s see how many votes Cain gets in the primary. That is, if he is still in contention for the primary. Is he a viable candidate for President? Are you kidding me?? Please don’t base anything nationally on what Georgians will say or do.

chris

June 3rd, 2011
8:12 pm

Hey “Tell the truth” Blo me!!!

eatmotacos

June 3rd, 2011
8:30 pm

@Tell the truth

The fact that two insane women, who can’t name the states, polled in double digits, is indicative of why Georgia is beginning to look more and more like a third world banana republic. Given the open and without consequences level of corruption practiced by our former and current governors, it’s not much of a surprise.

bart

June 3rd, 2011
8:36 pm

From the results of that poll, it looks like GA will once again be a non-factor in the Presidential race. The top 4 are unelectable.

td

June 3rd, 2011
8:44 pm

If my math is correct then that means 62% of the voters in Georgia want a conservative candidate for President. You Dems/progressives need to get use to the fact that this is a conservative state and will remain that way for a long time in the future.

BTW: The real sad news is that the top 4 in the poll would be 10 times better President then our current one.

eatmotacos

June 3rd, 2011
8:45 pm

There won’t be a lot of presidential campaigning here, for sure. The loser doesn’t need to waste money on a campaign – they are a shoe in.

DannyX

June 3rd, 2011
9:02 pm

“If my math is correct then that means 62% of the voters in Georgia want a conservative candidate for President.”

Your math is dead wrong td. 62% of all REPUBLICAN voters want a conservative candidate for president. This was a poll of Republican voters.

Wrong again td.

Ol' Timer

June 3rd, 2011
9:04 pm

I like Herman Cain. I believe Herman Cain is a fine man. I’d love to sit down and have a cold one with ol’ Herman.

But the truth is the truth and the truth is he needs to go back on the radio where an abundance of hot air is rewarded with huge salaries. His lack of geopolitical knowlege and that stupid tax plan he espouses disqualifies him as a legitimate contender for the big desk.

Drew

June 3rd, 2011
9:06 pm

Heard the same thing”he is not electable” about the idiot in the White House now! Herman Cain would be nothing but a BREATH OF FRESH AIR FOR THIS ENTIRE COUNTRY IF HE WERE PRESIDENT. This rural white Christian voter voted for him in 02 for senate and will vote for him in 2012 as well!

Barb

June 3rd, 2011
9:07 pm

Go Herman! I can’t wait for the day I can call him Mr. President.
He’ll get this country back on the right track in no time. He knows how to get things done and won’t be dithering around about it.

Cain/West 2012

Ol' Timer

June 3rd, 2011
9:08 pm

@TD; You’re delusional.

The Republican/Tea Party at this moment in time doesn’t have a candidate that is within 10 points of the President. You guys are about to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory because you can find anyone who can meet your muster that can win the election.

Ol' Timer

June 3rd, 2011
9:09 pm

Typo: . . . .you CAN’T find anyone who can meet your muster that can win the election.

hsgrad

June 3rd, 2011
9:13 pm

TD, I think the top 4 would be 10×2-20 better than the current President.

hsgrad

June 3rd, 2011
9:20 pm

Ol’ Timer, I always wanted to have a cold one with Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter. Jimmy is a cool dude!

td

June 3rd, 2011
9:22 pm

DannyX

June 3rd, 2011
9:02 pm
“If my math is correct then that means 62% of the voters in Georgia want a conservative candidate for President.”

Your math is dead wrong td. 62% of all REPUBLICAN voters want a conservative candidate for president. This was a poll of Republican voters.

Wrong again td.

You Dems do not count in Georgia. How many votes did your top vote receiver take in the last statewide election? 38 or 39%.

BTW: Where in this poll does it say only Republicans were polled?

td

June 3rd, 2011
9:26 pm

Ol’ Timer

June 3rd, 2011
9:08 pm
@TD; You’re delusional.

The Republican/Tea Party at this moment in time doesn’t have a candidate that is within 10 points of the President. You guys are about to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory because you can find anyone who can meet your muster that can win the election

I think most of you ems were saying the same thing about whomever the Republicans picked to run against Barnes in 2010. How did that one turn out for you?

It is way to early to predict how this thing will turn out in the long run but I will be willing to bet any of you dems (My house, my car and all the money I have in the bank) that Obama will not win the election by more than 10%. I really think the opposite is closer to being true if unemployment is still over 9%, gas over $3 per gallon, grocery prices rising and housing prices falling.

td

June 3rd, 2011
9:32 pm

hsgrad

June 3rd, 2011
9:13 pm
TD, I think the top 4 would be 10×2-20 better than the current President.

And that is why you are a hsgrad and will always work for people like me.

eatmotacos

June 3rd, 2011
9:42 pm

I disagree with many of Obama’s policies; especially his, “I’ll look the other way, because I need your vote” immigration policy, but the top four on this list aren’t qualified to teach grade school. Exactly, what is the criteria for a conservative – to denounce anything Obama and hurl childish insults, like you’re still in kindergarten and never say anything substantive about anything?

hsgrad

June 3rd, 2011
9:58 pm

TD, Ha Ha! I’m self employed dude.

cj

June 3rd, 2011
10:32 pm

“BTW: Where in this poll does it say only Republicans were polled?”

Here you go, td.

“Gingrich may have the support of Gov. Nathan Deal, but Republican voters – at least for the moment – prefer pizzazz of pizza magnate and former radio talk show host Herman Cain.”

civilreaction

June 3rd, 2011
10:34 pm

These good folk of Georgia recognize this country needs “A Leader – not a Reader”. They’re on-board on The Herman Cain Train. Progressives can nay-say and put-down and be crass all they want, but this election will be about restoration of our Constitutional Republic…progressives/socialists aren’t qualified or intelligent enough to participate…especially when your messiah is three years off the correct date when signing a guest book. (Three years off????…what is THAT, some kind of super-intellect?…maybe he needs the auto-pen to travel with the dummy-prompters?) Duh!

double

June 3rd, 2011
10:41 pm

Td lies,and is a braggart.He would vote for John Edwards if he was Republican.

oldandntheway

June 3rd, 2011
10:44 pm

Going on the assumption that 50+% of this country aren’t complete morons or on the government dole, Donald Duck could be elected as the next Pres.

jim

June 3rd, 2011
10:45 pm

Id vote for herman caine and im not from georgia. He has common sense that’s most canidates dont

double

June 3rd, 2011
10:46 pm

auto-pen dummy-prompters -feed a dog a bone.

big hat

June 3rd, 2011
10:50 pm

I’m all for Herman, this country need a President that speaks English as a second language. He be the man!

MrLiberty

June 3rd, 2011
11:01 pm

Georgia republicans picked Huckabee and then supported McCain. Clearly they have learned nothing about the economy, sound money, freedom, liberty, small government, low taxes, etc. as is evidenced by the losers who currently lead the pack. When Georgians figure out that government is the source of the problem and not the source of the solution, they will embrace Ron Paul and the solid, accurate message he has been trying to get accross to americans for the past 30 years in office. Until then it just be more big government, pro-fiat money, pro-empire, neo-con clowns that tell them what they want to hear – not the truth.

Crystal

June 3rd, 2011
11:25 pm

I am very proud of you Herman. People are extemely impressed with you. Keep up the good work. Our country needs a man like you.

Pewter

June 3rd, 2011
11:54 pm

How funny is this?!!! Hermain-Co-Caine stands NO chance! He’s an ignorant Uncle Tom at best. White republicans are funny and stupid.

Pewter

June 3rd, 2011
11:55 pm

No republican (lower case for the utmost disrespect) woman should be allowed to blog… EVER! You sound even dumber than your dumb husbands/lover/cousins who you’re screwing, etc…

Trieste

June 4th, 2011
12:11 am

Every time I hear someone dismiss a potential candidate as “un-electable”, I have to consider the source. Especially when that source resorts to name calling and race baiting.
Grow up. America doesn’t have time for the useless arguments. We need a leader who is concerned with the problems facing America and one who can detail a plan to get us back on track.
Herman Cain is catching on because his message is clear and practical.
I’m not 100% won over, but I’m willing to give the man a chance to present his ideas.

100%4hermancain

June 4th, 2011
12:12 am

At pewter…was just wondering if you liked Martin Luther King, and what did you think about him?

100%4hermancain

June 4th, 2011
12:13 am

Enter your comments here

BeenThereDoneThat

June 4th, 2011
1:07 am

The last thing Obama can be called is a “leader”. He doesn’t trust his advisors and goes out on a limb that even his party favorites have to denounce (see Israel and Harry Reid’s reaction). Regardless of the nominee, I can’t see America being that stupid again. Unscientific but I asked 20 people I know voted for Obama in 2008 (16 of which are black). Only 12 will vote for him again in 2012. If that holds true for the rest of the nation (I know he hasn’t gained any support), how could he possibly be re-elected.

As to Cain, I can think of no finer example of leadership. He recognizes that it takes a leader that surrounds himself (or herself) with the best in their field and to take their advice before making a decision. He hasn’t turned around just one company, but several in his career. He speaks from the heart, not a written speech or teleprompter. And he speaks in a way the American people can relate. I understand “Stupidity is killing America”, “SIN = Shift the blame – Ignore the facts – Name call” “Washington is full of political leaders, where has that got ‘ya?” and more.

I will support any candidate running against Obama, but to me Herman Cain is by far the best for the job. We need “Leaders, not readers”

Rob Woodall Has Never Held a Job in the Private Sector

June 4th, 2011
5:40 am

When’s Jeb going to swoop in and save the day?

Jack

June 4th, 2011
7:03 am

I will repeat once again – republicans seem intent on giving the 2012 election to President Obama by favoring social/tea party republicans over pro-business, pragmatic republicans like Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty (I would have included Gingrich in this group a month ago but he is so damaged now that he is little more than an afterthought in this election).

Romney and/or Pawlenty (or certainly Huntsman, a candidate with zero chance of attracting the rabid, right wingers that make up the primary voting base of the party) can win a general election but most likely cannot win the republican nomination.

Herman Cain, Bachmann, that former governor from Alaska who quit in order to make more money and that PA Senator who lost his re-election bid can thrill the rabid right wing base of the party but will drive away the swing vote that will determine the general election winner.

I am afraid we will all look back in 2013 and wonder how in the world did the republicans manage to lose to this very disappointing incumbent president.

The Centrist

June 4th, 2011
7:04 am

Guess which one of these candidates grew up with a trust fund?

The Centrist

June 4th, 2011
7:05 am

Guess how many of these suggested candidates are only in it to separate fools from their money?

hsgrad

June 4th, 2011
7:17 am

Please note that Galloway posted another story yesterday. I don’t know if the low number of comments in indicative
of low readership.

Frederick Ferguson

June 4th, 2011
7:36 am

I hold these truths to be self evident that all Americans are created equal and that someone (like Mr. Cain) who strongly believes in persecuting Americans based on religion and  sexual orientation will never be elected President of the United States of America.  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDXCwd65R5o&sns=em

Frederick Ferguson

June 4th, 2011
7:38 am

As soon as Republicans come up with a thesis a touch more sophisticated than “coddle the rich” and “punish fags, Muslims and those who are different” they might be able to stop throwing the failed demographic hail Mary’s such as “middle class White women will vote for a clueless beauty queen” or “the Blacks will vote for a jive talkin’  Closet Case Clown like Herman Cain.”. How about some serious candidates G.O.P.?

tom

June 4th, 2011
7:38 am

It will not matter whom the Republicans nominate. President Obama will serve eight years. All these uber-right wingers will guarantee that.

t-bone

June 4th, 2011
8:52 am

Top 10 reasons to vote for Obama:
10. 9.1% unemployment means less traffic
9. $14.4 trillion debt is grandkids’ problem
8. He reads so well
7. Need to keep Michelle proud of her country
6. Spend, spend, spend is the only way to get out of debt-try it
5. Robbing from Peter to pay Paul is right on as far as Paul is concerned
4. More people on food stamps=longer lines at grocery store=more time to read Enquirer
3. People losing their homes no longer have to worry about property taxes
2. Joe Biden is so cute-and smaaart
1. He’s the only one running who has visited all 57 states

Mr. Dithers

June 4th, 2011
9:14 am

Beentheredonethat, what an appropriate name. Look at your second paragraph. Change ‘ hasn’t turned around just one company, but several in his career” to ” ran several companies into the ground” and presto, chango, you have GWBush all over again. How did that work out for you? We don’t need to go there again. Simpleness should disqualify a person from being president, though it apparently does not for GA GOPers. It seems to be the major qualifier, given where Cain, Bats–t crazy Bachman and Palin sit in this pole. Sad, and definitely not a harbinger of what the rest of this country will do come 2012.