Martha Zoller declares herself front-runner in race for 9th CD

The campaign of Gainesville radio talk show host Martha Zoller this morning is showing off an internal poll and an argument that – despite lagging in fundraising – she should be considered the frontrunner in the Republican race for the new 9th Congressional District.

According to campaign contribution reports completed Sept. 30, state Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville has $112,000 on hand for the race. Zoller will report roughly $30,000.

But her campaign says cash doesn’t tell the whole tale. Read the poll memo from the Zoller campaign here. Among its points:

– One third (32%) of [GOP] primary voters back Zoller on the ballot, compared to 20% who are supporting Collins (46% undecided, 2% refused).

– Again, Zoller performs well among core primary voting groups including tea party supporters (37% Zoller – 17% Collins), very conservative voters (37% Zoller – 24% Collins), and seniors (37% Zoller – 21% Collins).

– Zoller is up big in Hall County, leading by 19 points there (47% Zoller – 28% Collins).

The survey of 300 likely GOP primary votgers was conducted Oct. 10-11 by Public Opinion Strategies, and has an MOE of 5.66 percent.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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20 comments Add your comment

Romegaguy

October 17th, 2011
11:25 am

Zoeller enjoys name ID from her craptastic radio program but she wont have the money to defend herself after Collins “defines” her.

Dick

October 17th, 2011
11:57 am

God bless her. It is a thankless job, that pays poorly. She is giving up so much to serve the public. I am a liberally leaning Democratic, who has been watching her on Georgia Gang for YEARS. Even when you don’t agree on fundamentals, it is difficult if not impossible, not to appreciate, respect and even like someone, over time. Martha makes it easy to.

oppo

October 17th, 2011
12:36 pm

neither one of these guys has any real money. $100k, big deal. won’t even fund his operations through the spring. collins is in a big hole. pretty embarrassing for him actually. he’s going to need 10 times this to be able to run a credible campaign that might, and i say might, have the possibility of beating zoller. looks like all the good ole boys are about to get beat by a girl.

Joel M

October 17th, 2011
12:42 pm

Does anyone trust poll numbers that are filtered through Joel M.

Bootnewt

October 17th, 2011
1:16 pm

ANY talkshow host (Cain, Zoller, Franken, etc.) who gets to blather and spew 5 days a week on AM-Talk/Vomit radio for years and THEN declares for a Run for political office should have to pay campaigning fees for all that time they spent airing their views on the public air-ways.

Hall County Mom

October 17th, 2011
1:18 pm

Internal poll? How reliable are those? Sounds like the real poll is in with the difference in fund raising.

oppo

October 17th, 2011
1:22 pm

uhhhh, except all of doug’s fundraising was from legislators, pacs, and a few elites in gainesville?

The Centrist

October 17th, 2011
1:22 pm

A proactive post about two conservatives. Now, what I would like to know is what do each of them what specific policies would they implement to replace the Affordable Healthcare Act, what benchmarks will they use to show job creation as a result of keeping taxes on personal income over $250K low, and since government cannot create jobs, can we eliminate all government contracts with the private sector to eliminate our deficit and debt.

Smoke

October 17th, 2011
1:40 pm

9th District Candidate. Do you plan to spend your time debating issues on job creation, balancing the budget, the public good, or follow Boehner and Cantor on a total focus on passing pro-life and pro-con artist bills?

Off de Plantation

October 17th, 2011
2:33 pm

Yo, Smoke (@1.40pm). She would have to take a page out of the OBUMMER playbook, especially about transparent government, balancing the budget (OBUMMER and his cronies couldn’t balance a pencil on paper holding it with both hands), the public good (what’s that?), etc. Poor thing, she would have to kowtow to the UNIONS who run the Dumbocratic Socialist Party anyway. Why don’t you call her and suggest that you think she should stick to knitting? It’s OK to degrade a conservative you know. After all, the Dumbocrat Socialists have ALL the answers. But, don’t blame me: I voted for the AMERICAN!

I Know You Are But What Am I

October 17th, 2011
3:41 pm

It should be illegal for a candidate to continue with their radio show during the campaign. So much for a level playing field.

td

October 17th, 2011
3:42 pm

Off de Plantation

October 17th, 2011
2:33 pm

You are barking up the wrong tree debating with smoke. He feels anyone that is conservative is just a Dixiecrat (aka KKK member). Just another brainwashed member of the liberal plantation that has no desire to let go of his entitlement programs.

CobbGOPer

October 17th, 2011
5:13 pm

When 46% are still undecided, this poll means nothing.

Alabama Communist

October 17th, 2011
5:39 pm

More Breaking News On Zollar Entering Talk Show Republican Congressional Primary.. A Spokensperson for the Zollar Campaign said today..” Martha got the idea of running after watching former Talk Show Host Herman Cain seize control of the Republican Presidential Primary with his amazing ability to talk himself into the lead even if he had to lie and cheat and act like a Rich Wall Street White Dude. She will become known as the Sister of the 999 plan in order to fool the Rednecks in her district.”

The Snark

October 17th, 2011
5:42 pm

Great. I can’t think of anything we need less of in Congress than know-nothing talk radio hosts.

findog

October 17th, 2011
6:13 pm

Collins, is the citizen soldier who was in a combat zone trying to help oust the State House Speaker. He is more qualified to be our AG than the flyboy captian from Habersham. Martha helps the likes of Kent hawk his books and promotes her travel agency more than rallying conservatives. And while my brother turned me on to her, less crazy than Atlanta’s first SAWB, her time has past and Collions will get my vote.

ppforme

October 17th, 2011
8:02 pm

I am a democrat and I agree with Dick. Martha Zoller is likeable and I have watched and listened to her commentary. She is not crazy and we need a woman in the Georgia Delegation to bring some sanity to Georgia. I am for Martha Zoller. Go Martha!!!!

CG

October 18th, 2011
12:35 am

One question Mr. Galloway, when Doug Collins campaign releases a poll, will it get headline billing on your blog? Got to be careful of the fact that Jim Galloway and Martha Zoller both get paid by the same employer – the Cox Communications media tent. Do those of us in the 9th a favor, don’t let such a great blog get bogged down by any Cox media bias in favor of Martha…that would be a true shame.

The headline here today should be the disparity in the contributions raised…for Martha Zoller to have been all over radio and tv, in Georgia and nationally, $30,000 (if that’s the amount) is a very, very low number. Doug Collins did get some in contributions from other campaign committees, but not much ($15,000 or his $114,000?) and there’s a lot of other Republican names in the State House & Senate that I would expect to see contributing to him before it’s all said and done.

Edward Ruffin

October 18th, 2011
7:15 am

Doug Collins may be a nice guy, but he is the establishment candidate. We don’t need any more of these. GO MARTHA.

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