Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Roy Barnes Loses Ground to GOP Candidates for Guv. Are There Concerns?

Former Governor Roy Barnes in a new Rasmussen Poll has fallen behind three of the four republican nominees for governor.

2010 Georgia Governor Election

John Oxendine (R)
45%

Roy Barnes (D)
37%

Some other candidate
7%

Not sure
10%



Nathan Deal (R)
43%

Roy Barnes (D)
37%

Some other candidate
7%

Not sure
14


Karen Handel (R)
45%

Roy Barnes (D)
36%

Some other candidate
5%

Not sure
14%


Eric Johnson (R)
37%

Roy Barnes (D)
37%

Some other candidate
8%

Not sure
18%


With the exception of Johnson, all the Republican candidates carry 50% or more of the male vote against Barnes but break even among female voters. Johnson leads the Democrat by 12 among men but trails by 10 among women.

Voters not affiliated with either major party prefer the Republican in all four contests.

So why the drop for Barnes in the latest poll?

Does it have anything to do with his performance in the debate, or is it that people aren't that warm to another return of Roy Barnes to the Governor'a mansion.

Democrats statewide at this point max out between 38-42% since the republicans took over the state in 2002. These numbers are not encouraging for Barnes as he try to become governor for a second time, the last to do was EuGene Talmadge back in 1941.

Will these new numbers make democrats look at the other democratic candidates for governor. I'm sure it will & another thing, like I've been sayin' democrats cannot put all of their eggs in one basket on the governor's race & forget the others. Democrats need to, have to have a strong ticket if they waht to regain the governor's mansion.

This poll says the GOP carries more than 50% of the male vote against Barnes, they split among women. Why didn't Rasmussen poll David Poythress, DuBose Porter, Thurbert Baker in head to head matchups against the GOP, no one knows

This is the only poll that showed how the others fare against the republican challengers:

Research 2000 poll from May/2009

Thurbert Baker (D): 42
Karen Handel (R): 40

David Poythress (D): 43
John Oxendine (R): 47

David Poythress (D): 43
Karen Handel (R): 39

Thurbert Baker (D): 42
John Oxendine (R): 47

Roy Barnes (D): 45
Karen Handel (R): 39

No one knows how DuBose Porter does against the republican challengers because no one hasn't polled him in a head to head matchup.

What's surprising to me given the troubles of the GOP with its problems with corruption, ethics, & its inability to solve some of the state's biggest problems, but yet they still lead the presumed democratic frontrunner. For democrats to win, it has to start with the grassroots.

You can't build a chimney from the top down, it starts from the bottom up.

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