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Poll: Handel leads Deal by 9 points in GOP runoff (Georgia)
AJC ^ | August 2, 2010 | AJC Staff

Posted on 08/02/2010 8:39:16 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule

The local Republican-oriented strategy firm of Landmark Communications is out this afternoon with the first polls in the Republican runoffs for governor and attorney general. In the governor’s race, former secretary of state Karen Handel has a nine-point lead over former congressman Nathan Deal, 45.8 percent to 37.1 percent. Undecideds were measured at 17.1 percent.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: 2010midterms; deal; disgusting; ga2010; georgia; handel; karenhandel; libel; nathandeal; palin; sarahpalin; slime
Sarah comes to town next monday.
1 posted on 08/02/2010 8:39:26 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

Dayum I didn’t expect that.

This is all Sarah. I don’t know why she chose her.


2 posted on 08/02/2010 9:04:16 PM PDT by Principled (Get the capital back! NRST!)
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To: Principled
I just got a flyer in today's mail from the Handel campaign libeling Nathan Deal as "one of the most corrupt members of Congress" -- and outrageous and damnable lie. But slashing other Republicans appears to be Karen Handel's sole modus operandi. No wonder she skipped the only GOP debate.

Handel's gutter tactic against a good man -- and Sarah Palin's complicit hand in it -- just makes me sick.

3 posted on 08/02/2010 9:10:18 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Always A Marine

If everyone knew Deal like we seem to, it would be sure to backfire. But not everyone has had him for their representative.

I wonder... I think everyone is as sick of gutter politics as they are gutter politicians. Maybe the flyer will backfire.

But why did Sarah go for Handel?


4 posted on 08/02/2010 9:13:44 PM PDT by Principled (Get the capital back! NRST!)
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To: Principled

I’m trying to think the best of Sarah and just imagine she is spreading herself too thin and not checking out these endorsements closely enough. That said - I hated that Handel mailing... I hope it backfires! It was just trashy....Hope the turn-out will be the key for Deal.


5 posted on 08/02/2010 9:17:29 PM PDT by Momto2 (The two essential premises of all atheism: 1-God does not exist. 2-I hate Him.)
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To: Momto2
Apparently, Sarah will always back the chick in a GOP race. That's her choice, but what bothers me is that she would take sides in a GOP primary in a race she knows little about -- and to back the least-conservative candidate, to boot.

Sarah Palin's stock has dipped in my view. She might have proven that she has the courage to speak, but she has also shown that she lacks the wisdom to know when to keep quiet. With her endorsement of Karen Handel, Palin has unwittingly done a lot of damage.

6 posted on 08/02/2010 9:25:52 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Principled

I think there is only 1 obvious reason for Palin’s endorsement...


7 posted on 08/02/2010 9:52:22 PM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: Always A Marine
Apparently, Sarah will always back the chick in a GOP race.

Except that isn't true, try telling it to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson or Dede Scozzafava, or Senator Lisa Murkowski, Palin endorsed men over all of them, even going outside of the GOP to a third party for one of the men.

8 posted on 08/02/2010 10:04:48 PM PDT by ansel12 (Mitt: "I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. I'm not trying to return to Reagan-Bush")
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To: Principled
I think she may have been sold a bill of goods by a guy named eric erickson who has the peach pundit website here in Georgia.Check out that website and look at what happens when the name Deal is written.I dont think that poll is credible as I tried to find out more about the questions and could not find squat.Suspicious
9 posted on 08/02/2010 10:21:17 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: ansel12
Correct you are, ansel. But I can't fathom any other reason for Sarah to reach into a field of seven GOP candidates and endorse the least conservative among them -- and the only one not endorsed by the National Rifle Association or Georgia Right to Life. Palin would have done better to keep her silence in a distant race which she knows nothing about.

My Congressman is Lynn Westmoreland, a great Conservative and a Christian gentleman -- and a close friend and supporter of Nathan Deal. Here is what Lynn's wife, Joan Westmoreland, has to say about Karen Handel's trashing of Nathan Deal:

"Although I appreciate the enthusiasm for conservative ideas that Sarah Palin has been spreading across this country, I think she’s made a mistake here.

"Alaska is a far cry from Georgia and I’m pretty sure Ms. Palin can’t smell our peaches from her front porch. This is not just about who wears lipstick, it’s about who will govern this state with integrity and conviction.

"Sarah Palin doesn’t even know Nathan Deal, but my husband Lynn and I do!!! He is a kind, honest and generous Christian man. Like my husband Lynn, he was one of the most dependable votes in the House of Representatives for our conservative values. He is a staunch defender of the sanctity of life, and he’s endorsed by Georgia Right to Life.

"I am appalled that Karen Handel would smear the name of a man who has served his nation and his state honorably for his entire life, and that is why I had to speak out today. I care about conservative values and I care about this great state, and I know that Nathan Deal is the only choice to lead the State if Georgia."

Eric Johnson, a good Conservative who finished a close third in the primary race, has endorsed Nathan Deal -- as has Savannah Congressman Jack Kingston. I am hopeful that conservative Georgians will see through Karen Handel's filth and Sarah Palin's pixie dust...

10 posted on 08/02/2010 10:31:00 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Principled

Rasmussen poll has Nathan Deal beating barnes(RAT BASTARD) by six points which is outside the margin of error. I dont see how that squares the poll by landmark. I smell a rat with all this. How does handel lead by 7 against Deal when barnes is being lead by Deal by 6 points. Handel just lost her Bibb county campaign manager today as he has switched to the deal campaign. The Erick Johnson and Oyxindine voters are starting to trend towards Nathan Deal which is the word I got today. Handel has called just about all the Republicans in Georgia Politics crooks. Some are but not all.


11 posted on 08/02/2010 10:33:13 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Always A Marine

Yours is a race that I have not looked into, but I did want to correct your post on the matter of Palin and endorsements related to sex.


12 posted on 08/02/2010 10:39:10 PM PDT by ansel12 (Mitt: "I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. I'm not trying to return to Reagan-Bush")
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To: Always A Marine

Hey Marine,Could you please post that statement to the folks at peachpundit.I think some people over there could really us it.Thanks much.


13 posted on 08/02/2010 10:44:20 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Momto2

I believe there to be a whole lot of truth in what you said.


14 posted on 08/02/2010 10:45:44 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Always A Marine

“Eric Johnson, a good Conservative who finished a close third in the primary race, has endorsed Nathan Deal “

Than ks, I hadn’t heard that, but I wish Johnson HAD won it. He was WAY above both Handel and DEAL department.


15 posted on 08/03/2010 2:10:44 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

The peach pundit website is down as of late monday night.I cant find any current news with regards to this race.Something is just not right.


16 posted on 08/03/2010 5:30:29 AM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Always A Marine

FTR would that be a the NRA that endorsed Roy Barnes in 1998?


17 posted on 08/03/2010 7:12:25 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (The important thing to remember is that Obama reads newspapers and isn't that whats important?)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule
FTR would that be a the NRA that endorsed Roy Barnes in 1998?

The very one -- which speaks volumes about Karen Handel. If the NRA's bar is low enough for Roy Barnes to meet its criteria for endorsement, what does it say about Karen Handel that she cannot gain the NRA's approval?

Karen Handel was the only GOP candidate for governor who failed to gain the NRA's endorsement. Out of seven candidates, only Karen Handel did not qualify.

18 posted on 08/03/2010 8:34:17 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Always A Marine

A+ for spin.


19 posted on 08/03/2010 8:38:51 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (The important thing to remember is that Obama reads newspapers and isn't that whats important?)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule
How is that spin?

Karen Handel is the least conservative of all seven GOP candidates, period. Karen Handel is the only GOP candidate whom the NRA and Georgia Right to Life both refused to endorse. Karen Handel denied that she ever gave money to Log Cabin Republicans -- until a photocopy of her handwritten dues check surfaced. And Karen Handel was the only GOP candidate who refused to participate in the pre-Primary debate. Gee, I wonder why?

20 posted on 08/03/2010 9:41:01 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Always A Marine

Actually there were many primary debates and she participated in many of them. Certainly the one before the primary and the one last sunday. I think she stated why she was not participating in the debates that featured the one candidate I’m sure you know about.

Personally I am not really all that jazzed up about any of these three people. Also, some people on FR have said that Johnson endorsed Deal. Also all Johnson (who I was impressed with in the debate I saw) did was click the “like” button for Deal on his FB page (using that logic I guess I endorse Blondie). Hardly an endorsement. For me Deal reminds me too much of Huckabee. He seems like that southern baptist preacher who might be saying all the right things but there just something about him that seems a little shady.


21 posted on 08/04/2010 4:05:42 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (The important thing to remember is that Obama reads newspapers and isn't that whats important?)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule
Perhaps Huckabee reminds you of "that southern baptist preacher who might be saying all the right things but there just something about him that seems a little shady" because Huckabee WAS a Southern Baptist preacher before he abandoned his calling. But I think I understand what you mean.

But there is nothing genuine about Karen Handel, who is a puff of crusading-but-mysterious hope and change with little history to go on. Ducking the big televised debate just because Ray McBerry was there seems a wee bit contrived to me, and conveyed an Obama-esque sense of superiority and entitlement. Handel's sole trick is to slander her opponents.

In the end, I'll rely on Nathan Deal's stellar voting record, the solid backing of his long-term constituents, and the word of Lynn Westmoreland, my Congressman.

22 posted on 08/04/2010 5:10:20 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Always A Marine
****He seems like that southern baptist preacher who might be saying all the right things but there just something about him that seems a little shady.****

This was in reference to Deal..not Huckabee.

23 posted on 08/04/2010 5:18:19 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (The important thing to remember is that Obama reads newspapers and isn't that whats important?)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

Yeah, I know what you said, and acknowledged your intent. I just pointed out that Huckabee actually USED TO BE what you perceived Deal to resemble. But Deal’s actual track record in government is much better than Huckabee’s post-pastoral career, which resulted in the virtual destruction of the Arkansas GOP.


24 posted on 08/04/2010 7:57:23 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Always A Marine; AnAmericanMother

If this poll was amongst metro atl voters...IMO the results are skewed.

The vast majority of folks on Georgia Outdoor News message board, 80% of which live outside metro atl, have chosen Deal. There were a fair share of Handel voters until the attack flyer.

AnAmericanMother, whose word to me is gospel, has posted about Deal’s character, and is in a position to know.


25 posted on 08/04/2010 8:13:11 PM PDT by Vigilantcitizen
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To: Vigilantcitizen
Hi Vigilant,

Appreciate your confidence - but the only gospel is the Gospel! :-D

I've got some good friends (and my boss also) who are from Hall County, and they like Deal very much. He represented the most conservative district in GA for a long time and did a good job.

All this ethics stuff seems to be a tempest in a teapot, especially when you find out the source of it is a Soros-funded left wing outfit. If the NRA refuses to endorse Handel, that's just icing on the cake.

BTW, Barnes was given an A rating by NRA because he's o.k. on gun rights (you can't be anything else in GA). He's just rotten on just about everything else.

26 posted on 08/05/2010 6:08:51 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: freeangel
“I wish Johnson HAD won it. He was WAY above both Handel and DEAL department.”

That's the way I feel, too. I don't like the negative campaigning that Handel has done, and I think that Deal has a more difficult ethics investigation to overcome than some of his supporters (here and elsewhere) seem to appreciate. I don't think Georgia will be well-served by either of these two.

27 posted on 08/10/2010 8:16:06 AM PDT by riverdawg
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To: AnAmericanMother
“All this ethics stuff seems to be a tempest in a teapot”

I don't know if Deal’s business dealings rise to the “scandal” level, but it's a fact that his company had a no-bid contract with the state that was and is very lucrative to him and his company. This may in the end be above-board but I know from personal experience that no-bid state contracts usually receive many levels of close scrutiny within Georgia government.

28 posted on 08/10/2010 8:27:59 AM PDT by riverdawg
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