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31 October 2010

Barnes has Virtually No Chance to Win or Force a Runoff

Cue up the entrance music of WWE Chairman Mister Vincent Kennedy McMahon, because Democrat Roy Barnes has no chance in hell of getting his old job back.

A new Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc poll released Sunday shows Republican Nathan Deal leading his competitors in Georgia's gubernatorial contest with 47% of support.

In the race for governor, Republican Nathan Deal leads Democrat Roy Barnes 47 percent to 40 percent, with Libertarian John Monds getting the support of 6 percent. Seven percent are undecided, according to the poll conducted Tuesday through Thursday by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc.

A runoff is possible, but not a sure thing, said Brad Coker, the managing director of Mason-Dixon.

"I'd say you can't really tell," Coker said of the potential for a Nov. 30 runoff. "It's inconclusive."

Sheinin and Redmon (2010-10-31). Poll indicates Georgia might see runoff races. Augusta Chronicle. Retrieved on 2010-10-31.


Analyzing the poll results for Morris News Service, UGA political scientist Charles Bullock said, "Barnes has virtually no chance to win or even force a runoff."

Fifty-nine percent of respondents said the candidates' positions on issues are more important than character or integrity, while 16 percent said the opposite.

"That helps us understand why the various problems Nathan's had don't have any effect on him," Bullock said. "People don't care."


In other words, people have accepted that most politicians are crooks. So they want to know which crook agrees with them on the issues and can get the job done.

FiveThirtyEight.com founder Nate Silver projects that Nathan Deal likelihood of victory Tuesday is 91%.

It's just a matter of time, 'cause you've got. . .



. . .No chance in hell!