Straw polls are rarely useful, except as a measure of a candidate’s infrastructure – his or her ability to move a certain number of volunteers to a certain location at a certain time.
But the larger the event, and the closer to election day, the more meaning that kind of balloting has. On Saturday, the Cobb County Republican party had one of the largest straw polls in the state.
Roughly 1,200 people paid a $10 fee for entry into an auditorium at Jim Miller Park in Marietta, attended by virtually every statewide candidate on the July 20 GOP ballot.
Five candidates for governor were there: Jeff Chapman, Nathan Deal, Karen Handel, Eric Johnson and John Oxendine.
When asked who they want to see as the Republican nominee for governor, here’s what attendees said:
– Handel, 199;
– Deal, 140;
– Oxendine, 130;
– Chapman, 31;
– McBerry, 3;
Though they could barely be heard among the din of the crowd, a theme developed in short addresses from the