Atlanta's WSB-TV has reported that a new Insider Advantage poll shows former state representative and Lt. Governor candidate Jim Martin gaining significant strength with an 11 point lead over his nearest competitor, DeKalb County Executive Vernon Jones, in the five person race to challenge Republican horse's ass Saxby Chambliss.
Martin now leads Jones 31-20, with the other three challengers in singls digits. Still, approximately one third of GA Voters remain undecided. The entire story is here.
These numbers indicate a likely runoff between Martin and Jones. Jones, with a history of alleged sexual misconduct in office, recently earned a barrage of negative publicity for publishing a campaign photo of himself and Barack Obama. The photo was a photo-shopped fake that implied Obama supported Jones. Obama has made no endorsements in the GA-Sen primary race.
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Of note, Jones is a Democrat who publicly admitted voting for George Bush in 2000 and 2004. A Jones win in the primary, unlikely as it ma be,would take Georgia completely out of play in the Senate race. If you are a Georgia resident, please consider pulling the lever next Tuesday for Jim Martin. Although two of the other Democratic candidates, Rand Knight and Josh Lanier, are competent and capable progressives, neither have the statewide name recognition nor the fundraising prowess of Martin and consequently would not be effective challengers to Chambliss IMHO.
For more info, please take a moment to read the Atlanta Journal Constitution endorsement of Martin here.