Herman Cain edges out Ron Paul in Georgia GOP straw poll

Georgia native and tea party favorite Herman Cain edged out libertarian Ron Paul at the GOP annual fish fry down in Perry on Saturday.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney finished a surprisingly distant fifth, behind Texas Gov. Rick Perry and another Georgia favorite, former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich. Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann also had a weak showing.

Results were just phoned in by B.J. VanGundy, the party’s second vice president. Over 1100 tickets were sold, he said, and 890 votes were cast.

The totals:

– Herman Cain, 232 or 26 percent;

– Ron Paul, 229 or 25.7 percent;

– Rick Perry, 179 or 20 percent;

– Newt Gingrich, 162 or 18 percent;

– Mitt Romney, 51 or 6 percent;

– Michele Bachman, 29 or 3 percent;

– Rick Santorum, 4 or .4 percent

– Jon Huntsman, 3 or .3 percent;

– Thad McCotter, 1 or .1 percent;

– Buddy Roemer, 0;

– Gary Johnson, 0;

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Ben

August 27th, 2011
3:47 pm

This is great news for Ron Paul considering Cain is from GA and has been getting a huge push from local radio host like Villain Neal Boortz.

Christopher

August 27th, 2011
3:50 pm

I thought Mitt Romney was a front-runner. I guess that’s just on TV.

Ron Paul for pres.!

JH

August 27th, 2011
3:57 pm

I was there and have to say Cain’s supporters sounded like church mice compared to Paul’s. Almost seemed fishy…

Jessica

August 27th, 2011
4:00 pm

Keep spreading the message, one friend and family member at a time! Ron Paul 2012

Ric

August 27th, 2011
4:01 pm

Romney is only the frontrunner in the same sense that Oxendine was the “frontrunner” for governor last year. I expect Romney will lead in the polls for a few more months because of name recognition, but will end up as a non-factor in the long haul.

StUart grant(Jennings, fl)

August 27th, 2011
4:04 pm

Another tie for outsider anti-establishment ron Paul. Cain’s home turf? Paul ties him. Bachmann’s home turf? Paul ties her. Paul unelectable? Don’t you believe it!

Martin

August 27th, 2011
4:11 pm

I was also at the straw poll and it amazing that Cain only won by 3 votes considering he had people transported there by bus loads to vote for him and the talk show radio host have been pushing for people to come out and Vote for Cain. Considering his buses, local media push, and his home turf I expected him to win by a large margin. But aside from that it was obvious that Ron Paul’s supporters were there as his buzz was by far the largest this Ron Paul rEVOLution is getting stronger and stronger and it wont be long until the media stops calling Romney the front runner and start to embrace the best choice for our Country Ron Paul 2012!!!

Last Man Standing

August 27th, 2011
4:12 pm

Ron Paul is a career politician. I guess his theory is that if he runs for President long enough, he is bound to be elected someday!

Last Man Standing

August 27th, 2011
4:14 pm

Martin:

What is Ron Paul’s attitude toward enforcing immigration laws and securing our borders?

Last Man Standing

August 27th, 2011
4:16 pm

Jessica:

What are Ron Paul’s views on national defense?

Last Man Standing

August 27th, 2011
4:17 pm

Christopher:

What are Ron Paul’s plans with regards to the entitlement programs now in existance?

Bentley

August 27th, 2011
4:17 pm

Find it funny anyone would take these polls as a sign of someones electability quite funny. Ron Paul supporters so excited that he may have a chance because he has practically tied in two straw polls. These are polls that you have to pay to vote in. Which ever canidate buys the most tickets wins. Look at national polling data on support for Paul vs other canidates he’s trailing by double digits. If he got the nomination, he could have a chance to win because he pulls in democratic support where he loses it from republicans. The problem is–he WON’T get the nomination. There’s no possible way. If he decides to run as third party canidate he splits the anti-obama votes and the election is handed to Obama on a silver platter.

Ben

August 27th, 2011
4:18 pm

@ Jessica this is from his official website http://www.ronpaul2012.com for his views on National Defense:

PROVEN LEADERSHIP

“Ron Paul is one of the outstanding leaders fighting for a stronger national defense. As a former Air Force officer, he knows well the needs of our armed forces, and he always puts them first. We need to keep him fighting for our country.” – Ronald Reagan
A PRO-AMERICA FOREIGN POLICY

As an Air Force veteran, Ron Paul believes national defense is the single most important responsibility the Constitution entrusts to the federal government.

In Congress, Ron Paul voted to authorize military force to hunt down Osama bin Laden and authored legislation to specifically target terrorist leaders and bring them to justice.

Today, however, hundreds of thousands of our fighting men and women have been stretched thin all across the globe in over 135 countries – often without a clear mission, any sense of what defines victory, or the knowledge of when they’ll be permanently reunited with their families.

Acting as the world’s policeman and nation-building weakens our country, puts our troops in harm’s way, and sends precious resources to other nations in the midst of an historic economic crisis.

Taxpayers are forced to spend billions of dollars each year to protect the borders of other countries, while Washington refuses to deal with our own border security needs.

Congress has been rendered virtually irrelevant in foreign policy decisions and regularly cedes authority to an executive branch that refuses to be held accountable for its actions.

Far from defeating the enemy, our current policies provide incentive for more to take up arms against us.

That’s why, as Commander-in-Chief, Dr. Paul will lead the fight to:

* Make securing our borders the top national security priority.

* Avoid long and expensive land wars that bankrupt our country by using constitutional means to capture or kill terrorist leaders who helped attack the U.S. and continue to plot further attacks.

* Guarantee our intelligence community’s efforts are directed toward legitimate threats and not spying on innocent Americans through unconstitutional power grabs like the Patriot Act.

* End the nation-building that is draining troop morale, increasing our debt, and sacrificing lives with no end in sight.

* Follow the Constitution by asking Congress to declare war before one is waged.

* Only send our military into conflict with a clear mission and all the tools they need to complete the job – and then bring them home.

* Ensure our veterans receive the care, benefits, and honors they have earned when they return.

* Revitalize the military for the 21st century by eliminating waste in a trillion-dollar military budget.

* Prevent the TSA from forcing Americans to either be groped or ogled just to travel on an airplane and ultimately abolish the unconstitutional agency.

* Stop taking money from the middle class and the poor to give to rich dictators through foreign aid.

As President, Ron Paul’s national defense policy will ensure that the greatest nation in human history is strong, secure, and respected.

Last Man Standing

August 27th, 2011
4:19 pm

StUart grant(Jennings, fl):

What are Mr. Paul’s plans for dealing with the national debt ($14.7 trillion and rising)?

DannyX

August 27th, 2011
4:20 pm

Sounds like some old fashioned “Bradley effect” going on.

Herman bused all them people in, but they couldn’t do it, when it finally came time cast their ballot they just couldn’t vote for a black man.

Bentley

August 27th, 2011
4:20 pm

You can say what you want about Ron Paul okaying the hunt for Osama Bin Laden but if he had been president he has said himself he wouldn’t of okayed the killing of him in pakistan. We never would have got him because Paul is too afraid of upseting the Pakistani’s.

Last Man Standing

August 27th, 2011
4:23 pm

Ben:

Thank you. Do you know what his plans are for the illegal immigrants who are here already and siphoning the government? Also, what about the entitlement programs that further deplete the treasury?

Bill

August 27th, 2011
4:26 pm

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/poll-ron-paul-rates-front-runners-romney-perry-200845109.html

“In new poll, Ron Paul rates with front-runners Romney and Perry”

In yet another sign that perhaps the news media ought to think about treating his presidential campaign more seriously, Ron Paul was viewed about as favorably as Rick Perry and Mitt Romney by Americans in a new poll.

In an Associated Press-GfK telephone survey of the general population, 37 percent of the respondents said they have a positive view of the libertarian-leaning representative from Texas, while 36 percent said they did not.

Perry, the Texas governor, and Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, invoked similar favorable/unfavorable ratings that also fell within the poll’s 4.1 percent margin of error. Romney was viewed favorably by 39 percent of Americans, and Perry was viewed favorably by 33 percent.

Another 41 percent said they viewed Romney unfavorably, and 36 percent viewed Perry unfavorably.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had the widest gap among the poll’s respondents, with 57 percent viewing him unfavorably and 27 percent viewing him favorably.

A Gallup survey earlier this week showed that Paul polls within the same margin of error as Perry and Romney in a general election match-up with President Barack Obama.

The poll was conducted from August 18 to August 22 and released Friday.

Bill

August 27th, 2011
4:28 pm

Dammit all. I know three Ron Paul supporters who should have been there but weren’t.

DannyX

August 27th, 2011
4:30 pm

Sorry Ron Paul supporters. Fox News says no.

Jackie Lyles

August 27th, 2011
4:31 pm

I LOVE Herman Cain! Go Herman!

Smoores54

August 27th, 2011
4:32 pm

Herman Cain, Rick Perry or Chris Christie (should he enter the race) in any combination are my dream ticket. I believe very strongly in their ability to help this country get on track.

Ron Paul is a Dork

August 27th, 2011
4:33 pm

Give Ron Paul some props. They bought 140 tickets… Can we say pay to play???? 25 people BOUGHT a bus ticket from Atlanta to go to the event. Cain’s votes were legitimate votes.

Eric

August 27th, 2011
4:35 pm

LMS:

Why dont you look it up yourself?

Frederick Douglass

August 27th, 2011
4:37 pm

C’mon, when hasn’t a black dude been the hit of a fish fry, especially if he’s doing the frying.

Bentley is Wrong

August 27th, 2011
4:37 pm

Have you ever heard of a mark of reprisal? There is a big issue that nobody is talking about here. Michael Scheuer and Bob Baer, ex CIA officers (Scheuer in charge of OBL) both claimed and believed OBL to have died in 2002. It was even covered on CBS. No body to prove it.. they ‘dumped’ it at sea? Give me a break! You never dump a body at sea. You do Autopsies and forensics to find out more about his health conditions. Cause of death, what had he been eating, what was kind of condition was he in… etc. etc. Don’t believe for a second OBL was actually killed in Pakistan. If he was then we have a big problem because we pay $3 billion annually to have Pakistan as an ally.

Ron Paul is right, if OBL was in Pakistan, than Pakistan should have worked with us to absolve the issue and capture him alive for criminal trial.

honested

August 27th, 2011
4:44 pm

A Georgian tradition carried on….

GA can’t even pick the candidate who will finish second in the General Election!

Bill

August 27th, 2011
4:45 pm

Umm…. Dear Cain supporter, who believes Ron Paul bused people in:

Cain brought a big bus full of warm bodies. Ron Paul didn’t. I parked about 30 feet away from where the big Cain bus was. Our people drove their own cars on our own time, and a big slice of us (including me) bought our own tickets.

John

August 27th, 2011
4:50 pm

Herman Cain is a preachy buffoon who broadcasts his ignorance of basic history, national and world affairs every time he opens his mouth. But, I guess is he is less scary that bats**t crazy Michele Bachmann.

[...] full standings, from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Jim Galloway, who notes the lack of enthusiasm for Mitt Romney and Michele [...]

Last Man Standing

August 27th, 2011
4:59 pm

Eric:

“Why dont you look it up yourself?”

Maybe because I’m curious as to whether a candidate’s supporters knows where he stands on the issues? The election of 2008 proved that most of them didn’t.

Brett W

August 27th, 2011
4:59 pm

Enter your comments here

Smoke

August 27th, 2011
5:02 pm

First, I wonder if this is helping southern conservatives get their taxpayers’ monies worth for George Perdue’s “Go Fishing?” Second, according to southern conservative values, Cain is not a buffoon. He had a trust fund, is from the south, is a Baptist, has run a business, and does not rely on anything the intellectual elite has to say Finally, I would say them Texans brought in the buses their ancestors used to fire bomb…Cain’s had his folks use MARTA.

Brett

August 27th, 2011
5:02 pm

Interesting you complain about Cain busing people in. He had one bus, for his workers. If you go to dailypaul.com, you will see the Paul campaign PAID for people’s tickets to this event. They did have a good showing, not sure how they lost, unless some didn’t vote. There were lots of children in attendance.

Cain is a federal reserve shill

August 27th, 2011
5:03 pm

Do you people want real freedom and the right to be accountable for one’s self or do you want the govt to hold all your rights just to take them away? Ron Paul would end the debt by abolishing the federal reserve. It is their debt, the notes say federal reserve on them. Bentley are you really that dumb as to think killing bin laden(if you believe that) illegally helped anything. Cain is a federal reserve and big bank puppet.

BettyLiberty

August 27th, 2011
5:06 pm

Rock you like a Hurricain’t! Ron Paul is a FRONTRUNNER Baby! Woo Hoo!

The Centrist

August 27th, 2011
5:08 pm

Too bad George W. Bush can’t run again.

[...] full standings, from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Jim Galloway, who notes the lack of enthusiasm for Mitt Romney and Michele [...]

double

August 27th, 2011
5:14 pm

Ron Paul willl never be president.I like some of his ideas just don’t think a 76 yr.old need be president.

The Centrist

August 27th, 2011
5:15 pm

Get real folks. With the current climate, David Duke could win Georgia.

West coaster

August 27th, 2011
5:16 pm

Yet another reason I’m glad I got the F’ out of Georgia!

Last Man Standing

August 27th, 2011
5:16 pm

I can’t help but notice that there aren’t usually more than two or three Ron Paul supporters who blog here day in and day out. As a result of a STRAW POLL, there are many names appearing here that are new to me.

Herman Cain is a good man and a great candidate. I am glad that he won the straw poll and wish him every success. He will get my vote in the primary!

Last Man Standing

August 27th, 2011
5:18 pm

double:

I can’t believe it! You are discriminating against older folks?

Frederick Douglass

August 27th, 2011
5:20 pm

Smoke @ 5:02:

Oh but Herman Cain is very much a bufoon, so much so, his car tag should read M-T-S-U-I-T.

FreeMktMonkey

August 27th, 2011
5:23 pm

Why is their always something rude and disrespectful about a significant portion of the Ron Paul crowd? I saw it at the Iowa Straw Poll when Herman Cain was holding court outside his bus and a bunch of Ron Paul supporters holding signs marched right past being as loud and disruptive as they could? Such classless behavior, I am proud and happy to say, I have never observed from the Herman Cain folks.

Mr Cain is a true leader who projects confidence much as Ronald Reagan except this man is much better educated and more intelligent. There is a reason why Herman Cain’s speech late into the Iowa Straw Poll (3pm) swayed so many who heard it, even to the point of many folks expressing remorse over having already voted for someone else. Plus Herman Cain is the only candidate who can shut down the left’s playing of the race card and class envy crap. Go Herman Cain!

Ben

August 27th, 2011
5:24 pm

All these people are scary. We need some real center of the road candidates who really understand the issues and have possible solutions that make sense.

JH

August 27th, 2011
5:24 pm

well, this isn’t really “bloggin” but I do comment here sometimes. Cain is great if you don’t want anything to change at all. Oh except maybe we’ll get a VAT in addition to our income tax- that won’t go away under Cain, quit dreaming.

Ace

August 27th, 2011
5:26 pm

Ron Paul helped start the Tea Party. Cain worked for the Federal Reserve…what kind of a free market do we have is “the Fed” controls money supply and interest rates?? Hint: Not a true free market. Cain is for big banks who get bailed out not the common people. Ron Paul …. for true a free market & Liberty!

double

August 27th, 2011
5:28 pm

No discrimination Lms I just know our minds don’t function like in days gone by.

Last Man Standing

August 27th, 2011
5:33 pm

double:

LOL! We finally have one area of complete agreement! At least, I know MY mind doesn’t work nearly as fast!