July 20th, 2010
09:25 AM ET
12 years ago

GOP governor's race heats up as Georgians head to polls

(CNN) - As voters in Georgia head to the polls Tuesday in primary elections, surveys indicate the high-profile battle for the Republican gubernatorial nomination appears to be headed to a runoff.

The big question is whether an endorsement by Sarah Palin will turn another female candidate into a nominee.

Last week, the ex-Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee backed former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel for governor. The endorsement appears to have helped propel Handel into the front-runner position in a three-way battle for the GOP nomination.

According to a Mason-Dixon survey released Sunday, 29 percent of likely Georgia GOP primary voters support Handel, with 22 percent backing state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, 20 percent supporting former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, 13 percent supporting former state Sen. Eric Johnson, and 13 percent undecided. Handel's advantage of 6 percentage points is within the poll's sampling error.

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Filed under: 2010 • Georgia • John Oxendine • Karen Handel
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    Please, everyone reading this article, do not think that all Georgians are stupid enough to listen to Palin. Do not think that all Georgians are stupid. Some of us are incredibly intelligent, and it's the intelligent ones that don't listen to Palin. The intelligent Georgians know to vote for anyone OTHER than whoever it is Palin endorses.

    July 20, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. Clownboy in Austin

    Sarah must check the Vegas line,then bet the house to win it all.She must be making a fortune and stashing it in offshore accts.hahaha.As Nixon once said"im not a crook,"i just do what the hats tell me to do.

    July 20, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. Bill from GA

    The Repugs have a particularly sorry lot running for Gov in Georgia this term, following a Repug Gov who helped himself much more than he helped Georgia the last 8 years.

    Two of the front-runners are facing or just dodged, without resolution, serious ethics charges, Another is a right-wing nutjob. And then you have Palin's choice, karen handel.

    Their main campaign promise is to cut taxes. Without fed stimulus funds we would be bankrupt already. Go figure.

    July 20, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. GI Joe


    Should I vote for the liar, the hypocrit, the bigot, or the one that's all three?

    July 20, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. josephine

    Now that Ms. Palin has endorsed Ms. Handel, it will be a shoo in for the Repubs. Remember Sarah has got a 3 for 3 record, and counting. Palin 2012.

    July 20, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    As for what Georgians need in the governor's mansion, who would know better than a half term governor from Alaska? After all, look what she did to Alaska. In the only way she does things, I am sure Sarah did not do a lot of research on the Georgia candidates before she arrived at her conclusion. Hopefully Handel plans on completing her term.

    July 20, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Victim of GOP Taliban

    The reason I spew hate and misinformation from the left is because I believe that a bigger government should take over an individual's personal responsibility. Obama is right, the more the government rules our life, the less decisions we have to make–life will be easier and better (see Soviet Union cerca 1984).

    July 20, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. hayden zeke

    Georgia elected its first GOP governor since Reconstruction. and he left the state a total wreck. These candidates are four of the same. Georgia was once an economic powerhouse, now it is a laughingstock. Its schools are now the worst in the country, the roads around Atlanta are crumbling before our eyes. Instead of investing in Georgia the Republicans took over and tried trickle-down lite. Construction has ground to a halt.

    Throw them out.

    July 20, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. Sniffit

    Meh...GA is on the list of lost causes anyway.

    July 20, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  10. Bill from GA

    As ridiculous as it seems to intelligent people, there are many in the South, especially women, who think Sarah is awesome. Her support, appallingly, WILL influence their vote. It's easier to listen to a moron like Palin than to get real info on candidates. And, as I have said before, there isn't much to choose from if you are a Repug-only voter. Many are.

    (If she 'saves' the election for karen handel, does that make her 'handel's Messiah'?? (Sorry. Couldn't pass on that one))

    July 20, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. Patsy, Texas

    The mere wording of this article proves that your obsession with this
    woman has gone from rediculous to pathetic. She was VP nominee
    two years ago, and LOST. Her "ex-governorship" was cut short
    because she QUIT. So you can hang on her every silly word,
    twit, (yes twit), and Facebook all you want, but I am done with you.
    I know this won't break your heart, you are too deeply imbeded in her
    charade, and your participation is not appreciated.
    Before anyone claims jealously, rest assured, there is not one thing
    about this woman that I want. There are too many truly intelligent,
    prettier, and believable women out there that I admire, and she is
    definitely not one of them. I vote for Johnny Depp. Bye-bye.

    July 20, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. Donkey Party

    Sarah the Refudiator doesn't know a thing about any candidate running, so she "endorses" whatever right-winger female is in the running. That woman is an idiot.

    July 20, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |