A very (very) early straw poll for Georgia’s 2018 governor race

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.image

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.

More from the archives: Race for Georgia governor is already taking shape.

 

 

 

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Tony Brown
Tony Brown

Tom Price budget chairman it's not close he's the most qualified.. Cagel 2nd

Ker Oz
Ker Oz

Definitely Karen Handel

Jack Welch
Jack Welch

Whatever happened to that Salvage deal scandal that Deal was involved in?Haven't heard anything more about it...

Jeanette Vaughn Rogers
Jeanette Vaughn Rogers

KEMP OF GEORGIA, IS PART OF OBAMA HOMELAND SECURITY IS PART OF THE FRAUD WITH THE ELECTIONS.

Duane Mccollum
Duane Mccollum

I will vote for my dog before I would Casey Cagle

Jeanette Vaughn Rogers
Jeanette Vaughn Rogers

I PRAY GOVERNOR DEAL DOESN'T LET OBAMA AND HOMELAND SECURITY TAKE OVER THE VOTING POLLS TO HELP HILLARY TO WIN THE WHITE HOUSE, HELLO AMERICA WAKE UP CALL YOUR GOVERNOR AND LET HIM NO WE DON'T WANT THIS TO HAPPEN PHONE (404)656-1776

Jeanette Vaughn Rogers
Jeanette Vaughn Rogers

HELLO IT HAS ALREADY STARTED GEORGIA KEMP WILL BE ONE OF THE SECRETARIES OF THIS ALONG WITH OTHERS SO IT HAS BEGUN OBAMA HAS STARTED HIS FRAUD, CALIFORNIA IS IN THIS ALSO AND OTHER I TOOK A PICTURE TO SHOW U BUT IT WANT LET ME POST IT .

Jeanette Vaughn Rogers
Jeanette Vaughn Rogers

OBAMA DID THIS BEFORE CONGRESS GOT BACK FROM BREAK HELLO HE'S EVIL HE PUT DEMOCRATS OVER IT AND THEY WILL BE FOR HILLARY HOW STUPID ARE U HELLO

Harry Abrams
Harry Abrams

........and my favorite in 2022 is............LOL!