So I guess Jim Martin's internal poll showing him running within the margin of error of Casey Cagle was pretty spot on. The two men are battling to become Georgia's next Lt. Governor. James Salzer of the AJC reports that an Insider Advantage poll shows it to be even closer between the two.
"InsiderAdvantage also polled on the lieutenant governor's race, and found a near dead heat between Republican state Sen. Casey Cagle (R-Gainesville) and Democratic former state Rep. Jim Martin of Atlanta.
The poll put Cagle at 37 perent, Martin at 36 percent, Libertarian Allen Buckley at 6 percent and 21 percent undecided."
I heard two explanations from Republicans over the last few days as to why Martin is running so well 6 weeks before the election: 1) this is Martin's internal poll; and 2) Cagle hasn't gone on TV yet.
Both, of course, were true. But were they really accurate explanations? The Insider Advantage shows Cagle's lead to be even smaller than Jim's poll. And Jim hasn't been on TV yet either. Both candidates have been going around the state doing local appearances and trying to drum up support for their respective parties.
In the process, Jim is reinforcing what Georgians found out about him this summer. He's the guy that you can really believe when he speaks. And he has an excellent record of service to his state and country. Not to mention that he's shown a very good working relationship with people of all political persuasions while maintaining his core Democratic values.
Amy from Georgia Women Vote had some nice commentary on the latest poll.
Side note: Not sure who is dropping the ball. But I heard from some Georgia Tech friends that the Georgia Tech Republicans passed out thousands of "Jackets for Sonny" stickers at the game last night with most people accepting them and wearing them. Supposedly there was no presence at all for Mark Taylor.
I bring this up because despite the fact that the Taylor campaign has all of my info. and a check from me, I've yet to be contacted by them for anything. Not even an email which costs nothing. Apparently they don't have anything going with the Georgia Tech Dems either.
It's time to get in the game folks..................