The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up


PollWatch (GA) SV: Barnes; Oxendine Lead Peach State Primaries

By · Jul, 25 2009

Republican polling firm Strategic Vision released a couple of polls this week. In Georgia, former Governor Roy Barnes continues to hold a considerable  lead over his Democratic competition. He has lost ten points since April (when he was a hypothetical participant in the race) while the percentage of undecideds has nearly doubled since then. Attorney General Thurbert Baker raised just over $700K through June 30, which should solidify his position as Barnes’ main competition.

Democratic Primary Matchups
  July June April
Roy Barnes  46 49 56
Thurbert Baker  31 30 29
David Poythress 4 5 4
Dubose Porter 3 2 2
Undecided  16 14 9

On the Republican side, John Oxendine continues attracting the support of more than one-third of Georgia’s GOP voters. Nathan Deal seems to be gaining traction and may emerge as his main competition in the primary, as Karen Handel seems to be fading against the field. With a quarter of the voters undecided and both Deal and Eric Johnson outraising Oxendine through the first six months of the year, this is probably still anyone’s contest.

Republican Primary Matchups
  July June April
John Oxendine  38 35 33
Nathan Deal  16 12  
Karen Handel 9 13 14
Eric Johnson 5 4  
Ray McBerry 3 2 2
Austin Scott 2 2 2
Undecided  27 32 25

Georgia is one of the few states where voters who believe the state is on the right track outnumber those who feel the state is heading in the wrong direction (by a slim 47-46 margin) and whose governor retains a solid job approval rating (51-38 – although its important to remember the pollster’s Republican pedigree).  Obama’s numbers have dropped considerably, particularly on the economy.

Do you approve or disapprove of President Barack Obama’s overall job performance?
  July June April
Approve  40 49 55
Disapprove  52 43 39
Undecided  8 8 6
Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama’s handling of the economy?
  July June April
Approve  39 48 54
Disapprove  53 43 41
Undecided  8 9 5
Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama’s handling of the war in Iraq?
  July June April
Approve  48 52 56
Disapprove  43 40 38
Undecided  9 8 6
Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama’s overall foreign policy?
  July June April
Approve  46 48 53
Disapprove  43 39 36
Undecided  11 13 11


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Categories : Georgia, Open Seats, Polls

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