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Old 08-29-2016, 12:47 AM
 
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The Barrow County Republican Party conducted a straw poll at their annual BBQ gathering on Saturday night.

In somewhat of an interesting development, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp was the winner, besting such notable Georgia political figures and 2018 gubernatorial contenders as former South Georgia congressman Jack Kingston, retiring West Georgia congressman Lynn Westmoreland, current Georgia Attorney General and former Cobb Commission chairman Sam Olens, North Metro Atlanta congressman Tom Price and sitting Lt. Governor Casey Cagle who is regarded to be the favorite of the metro Atlanta/North Georgia business community because of his interest in overhauling and expanding the Atlanta region's severely undersized transit network.

The results of the Barrow County Republican Party BBQ straw poll are notable because the straw poll at the 2015 event correctly predicted the top two finishers in this year's Republican presidential primary.

The results of the Barrow County Republican Party BBQ straw poll are also notable because the results of the poll seem to reflect that Secretary Kemp's political aspirations for higher office are not being adversely affected by the public relations fallout from the massive data breach that affected his office less than a year ago.

Secretary Kemp has probably benefitted politically from being the force behind the "SEC Primary" back in March that made Georgia a major player during the primary season.

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "Political Insider" blog/column via GeorgiaPol.com:
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The next governor’s race is a long ways off, but the campaign for the state’s top job is well underway. And so is the speculation about who will run.

Barrow County Republicans gathered Saturday evening at the Lion’s Club for the party’s annual BBQ – and also a (very) early straw poll on the 2018 race.

Jon Richards at GeorgiaPol.com passes on the results, which put Secretary of State Brian Kemp at the lead with 20 votes and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle behind him with 7 votes. (Barrow is something of home territory for Kemp, who hails from neighboring Athens-Clarke County.) Kemp’s predecessor, Karen Handel, earned a write-in vote.

At least a half-dozen influential Republicans and three high-profile Democrats are mulling a run for the state’s top job in 2018. Some are already lining up staffers, calling donors and holding quiet meetings with their allies to gauge their chances of succeeding Gov. Nathan Deal, who cannot run for a third consecutive term.

Richards adds:

We will note that Sec. Kemp is a familiar face in Barrow County and that he was the only one present at the BBQ. We also note that based on the vote count, many of those present at the BBQ did not cast a ballot, perhaps because they were still trying to get through the 2016 elections.

Yes, it’s awfully early. But, we note that attendees at the 2015 Barrow GOP BBQ a year ago correctly predicted the top two finishers in this year’s presidential race.
"A very (very) early straw poll for Georgia’s 2018 governor race" (Greg Bluestein/AJC Political Insider blog)
A very (very) early straw poll for Georgia’s 2018 governor race | Political Insider blog


From GeorgiaPol.com:
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And the Winner of the 2018 Governor Straw Poll Is…
Posted on August 27, 2016 by Jon Richards

The Barrow County Republican Party held their 23rd annual Barbecue Saturday night, and as is their custom, they held a straw poll, this time for the 2018 governor’s race, despite the fact that there are no announced candidates for a vote that is two years away. The straw ballot contained seven names, plus undecided. The results:

Secretary of State Brian Kemp 37%
Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle 13%
U.S. Rep. Tom Price 11%
Attorney General Sam Olens 9%
Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black 6%
U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland 4%
Former U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston 0%
Undecided 19%

In addition, Former Secretary of State Karen Handel got a vote as a write in candidate.

We will note that Sec. Kemp is a familiar face in Barrow County and that he was the only one present at the BBQ. We also note that based on the vote count, many of those present at the BBQ did not cast a ballot, perhaps because they were still trying to get through the 2016 elections.

Yes, it’s awfully early. But, we note that attendees at the 2015 Barrow GOP BBQ a year ago correctly predicted the top two finishers in this year’s presidential race.
"And the Winner of the 2018 Governor Straw Poll Is…" (Jon Richards/GeorgiaPol.com)
https://www.georgiapol.com/2016/08/2...or-straw-poll/
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Old 08-29-2016, 05:56 AM
 
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I'm assuming there's no chance maybe we could get a Democrat governor and not spend 4+ years in the dark ages? Or is Kemp a northeastern style Republican?
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Old 08-29-2016, 06:01 AM
 
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I'm assuming there's no chance maybe we could get a Democrat governor and not spend 4+ years in the dark ages? Or is Kemp a northeastern style Republican?
The most relatively non-idiot here is Olens, and he's still pretty conservative. And he's Jewish so of course he could never win.

Our dumb state...
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Old 08-29-2016, 07:52 AM
 
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The most relatively non-idiot here is Olens, and he's still pretty conservative. And he's Jewish so of course he could never win.

Our dumb state...
Great...Well do the Democratic candidates stand a chance? They generally do a little worse in non presidential years.

I can't handle electing a backwards idiot so we can start copying NC and waste our time debating who should **** in which bathroom rather than focusing on transit, infrastructure, etc. while simultaneously watching our citizens be stripped of civil and workers rights. At least Deal seemed to shy away from that stuff, knowing how stupid it makes the state look and how much it hurts the economy when more enlightened companies pull out of state. No guarantees with the next Republican
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Old 08-29-2016, 08:15 AM
 
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I'm on the anyone-but-Cagle train (with a preference for Olens).
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Old 08-29-2016, 08:17 AM
 
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Sam Olens is a good man.
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Old 08-29-2016, 08:20 AM
 
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Jason Carter might have a remote chance, but don't get your hopes up.
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Old 08-29-2016, 08:41 AM
 
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I'm assuming there's no chance maybe we could get a Democrat governor and not spend 4+ years in the dark ages? Or is Kemp a northeastern style Republican?
Georgia presently has a Democratic governor, Nathan Deal.
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Old 08-29-2016, 08:47 AM
 
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Georgia presently has a Democratic governor, Nathan Deal.
So was Perdue.

This state has not had a Republican (that wasn't once a Democrat) as governor since Reconstruction.
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Old 08-29-2016, 08:57 AM
 
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jason carter might have a remote chance, but don't get your hopes up.
lololololol
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