Poll debunks N.C. senator’s proclaimed peanut superiority

Then-Rep. Jim Marshall, Rep. Jack Kingston and Sen. Johnny Isakson, victorious in the Great American Peanut debate (Courtesy: Georgia Peanut Commission)

Then-Rep. Jim Marshall, Rep. Jack Kingston and Sen. Johnny Isakson, victorious in the Great American Peanut debate (Courtesy: Georgia Peanut Commission)

At the U.S. Senate Secret Santa swap on Monday, Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., presented Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., with three jars of peanuts from Bertie County, North Carolina. The Allentown (PA) Morning Call’s ace Washington reporter Colby Itkowitz found this strange and followed up with Hagan’s office, noting Georgia was better known for peanuts.

“Clearly North Carolina has the best peanuts in the country,” Hagan press secretary Chris Moyer told Itkowitz.

Them’s fightin’ words.

Walk into any Georgia Congressional office and you’ll be offered a bag of Georgia Peanuts and a Coke. This is a state that takes its legumes seriously.

When asked for a rebuttal, Lauren Claffey, spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss — who’s from Moultrie, where they know peanuts — responded with data. A poll conducted by Congressional Quarterly/Roll Call around the Congressional Baseball Game in 2010 found Georgia peanuts to be the preference of 43 percent of respondents, edging Virginia at 41 percent. That leaves North Carolina with … not much. The Georgia delegation got a sweet trophy out of it, as seen above.

“Although Virginia and North Carolina sometimes claim to have superior peanuts, Georgia’s are always deemed the best,” Claffey said. “Just look at the results from the Great American Peanut debate.”

As a personal aside, your fill-in Insider attended UNC-Chapel Hill and considers North Carolina to be superior in many ways, such as college basketball and barbecue. Just not peanuts.

- By Daniel Malloy, Political Insider

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28 comments Add your comment

Road Scholar

December 11th, 2012
1:49 pm

There are lots of nuts in all three states!

East Lake Ira

December 11th, 2012
2:34 pm

Virginia peanuts kick all the others asses.

Bhorsoft

December 11th, 2012
2:41 pm

I have noticed that Virginia peanuts are served at Braves games. Can’t figure out why since GA peanuts should be due to transportation costs.

Bhorsoft

December 11th, 2012
2:41 pm

…should be cheaper… I hate multitasking…

Bob Loblaw

December 11th, 2012
2:45 pm

Virginia peanuts are very hard. Georgia peanuts must have more oil and are easier to eat.

Harvey D. Pooka

December 11th, 2012
3:04 pm

IMHO, New Mexico “Sunland” raw peanuts.

NC_Dawg

December 11th, 2012
3:16 pm

Virginia peanuts are hard. Can’t say I’ve ever had NC peanuts. Georgia peanuts are the best.

I will say that SC not only produces more peaches than GA, they also taste better.

Kay Hagan has represented NC well. Greensboro is proud of her.

Goober lover

December 11th, 2012
3:18 pm

The difference is that NC and Va peanuts grown in the Tidewater area are “bunch” peanuts while the Georgia peanuts are “runners”. When you open a Planters can, you will be eating “bunch” peanuts. Runners are among other things used in making peanut butter.

Goober lover

December 11th, 2012
3:30 pm

Enter your comments here

East Cobb RINO, Inc. (LLC)

December 11th, 2012
3:33 pm

And this is way more important than anything else going on in the federal government right now.

drew

December 11th, 2012
3:46 pm

Virginia….see Hubbard Peanut Company (Hub’s). Best peanuts I’ve ever eaten. If you’ve got a peanut lover on your Christmas list, make them happy this year:

http://www.hubspeanuts.com/

catfish252

December 11th, 2012
4:59 pm

…and for some reason these politicians find this more important than anything else that’s plaguing our nation. It’s pathetic behavior when so much more needs their attention.

jess

December 11th, 2012
5:00 pm

georgia absolutly produces the best peanuts of any state. yes, georgia produces several strains, including virginia and spanish redskins but our’s are the best of any state. need proof? visit south georgia late summer and test taste the many varieties in the current harvest. if for some reason you still believe some other state prooduces better, by all means continue to purchase ‘imported’ peanuts.

Edmund Ruffin

December 11th, 2012
6:16 pm

Hey, Mr. Galloway or AJC, why are comments on sodomite marriage closed? Are you afraid of hearing the truth that God will deal with this country the same way he dealt with Sodom and Gomorrah? Liberals are such a bunch of narrow minded bigots that they can’t handle the truth.

Atlanta truth

December 11th, 2012
6:49 pm

Sorry Jim ……. can’t close comments on your blog about Kasim Reed and gay marriage.

@jdprice — it is NOT the end of the discussion. The Bible does not apply to secular law and the law of the land in the USA. Also, I am Hindi — Bible is irrelevant to me. I am Buddhist — Bible is irrelevant to me. I am Muslim — Bible is irrelevant to me. By the way, why so defensive about a relationship of which 50% fail ? How sad and awful for the ignorance.

Jim …… no censorship here. Sorry.

Alex

December 11th, 2012
7:32 pm

@Edmund Ruffin. The bible is a book of fiction. Maybe we should ask Harry Potter what his feelings on gay marriage is?

Fan

December 11th, 2012
7:42 pm

I think GA has the best peanut but I was born and raised on them. Each person wherever they were raised probably likes their own states.

Fan

December 11th, 2012
7:45 pm

@Atlanta truth – So we’re clear. You support gay marriage?

Danc

December 11th, 2012
8:52 pm

Sounds like a bunch of nut loving, gay “goobers” on this site!

Fred ™

December 11th, 2012
9:17 pm

Walk into any Georgia Congressional office and you’ll be offered a bag of Georgia Peanuts and a Coke.

When I took my daughter to meet John Lewis they offered us some water, not peanuts and a coke.

Just saying………….

Fred ™

December 11th, 2012
9:20 pm

Alex

December 11th, 2012
7:32 pm

@Edmund Ruffin. The bible is a book of fiction.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

What id the Torah? How about the Koran? Or does your asinine comment only apply to the CHRISTIAN book of faith?

Word

December 11th, 2012
10:00 pm

What came 1st the pea or the nut?

Puerile Pedant

December 11th, 2012
10:17 pm

I’m glad that Saxby’s staff could take time away from hating on gays and handicapped folks and spend time on this important issue

Alex

December 11th, 2012
10:20 pm

Fred, it applies to ALL books of fiction. It has nothing to do with any specific religion. You said it yourself…a book of faith. NOT a book of facts.

Fan

December 11th, 2012
11:11 pm

Actually the Bible is a book of facts. The Old Testament has been shown to be factual over and over again as well as the New Testament

Dum-Bass

December 11th, 2012
11:27 pm

Have lived in both GA and SC, and actually SC’s is the best. Those Peanut Patch canned peanuts used to come from Roddenberry’s in Cairo GA, and now they come from McCall Farms Effingham SC. They are good especially in the wintertime when there’s no fresh ones available. I get them at WalMart, $1.00 a can.

nazan yar

December 12th, 2012
5:40 am

I’m a Georgia native, but I ain’t no homer when it comes to peanuts. Virginia’s are clearly the best. Our peaches aren’t the best either, for what it’s worth.

Edmund Ruffin

December 12th, 2012
7:16 am

Alex, you’ll spend eternity wishing you didn’t believe the Bible is fiction. There is not enough room in this blog to show you the scientific facts in the Old Testament that were there before scientists discovered them. But most importantly, I’m sure you don’t believe that there was ever a man named Jesus Christ who walked on this earth, was given the death penalty for no reason, and whose tomb turned out to be empty. One day the facts of the Bible will mean much to you, and I hope it is before it is too late.