Georgia 2018: Hunter Hill carries Cobb GOP straw poll of race for governor

Three of the four Republican candidates for governor attended the Tuesday afternoon affair: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, and state Sen. Mike Williams of Forsyth County. State Sen. Hunter Hill of Atlanta was on the coast, but sent a surrogate.

U.S. Rep. Karen Handel, R-Roswell, was there to thank east Cobb, which handed her a Sixth District victory last month. U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, still feeling the after-effects of back surgery, put his cane in a corner and walked up the stairs without assistance. The point was made.

A few notes from the gathering:

-- In a straw poll of 255 GOP activists, Hunter Hill came in first with 40 percent of the vote. Not bad for a fellow who wasn’t there, but Hill does have roots in Cobb. Secretary of State Brian Kemp came in second (33 percent), followed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (15 percent) and state Sen. Michael Williams (12 percent). U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk received one write-in vote. His wife was also in attendance.

-- State Sen. David Shafer of Duluth, the president pro tem of the Senate, won the straw poll vote for lieutenant governor with 61 percent of the vote.

-- State Rep. Buzz Brockway of Lawrenceville won the straw poll vote for secretary of state, with 43 percent.

-- Even though he hasn’t declared, state Sen. Josh McKoon of Columbus received 18 votes in the straw poll for secretary of state. That could change on Thursday, with a formal announcement.

-- More than one Republican woman noted that, as you can see by the photo above, huge candidate banners have become something of a manhood measurement in the race for governor.

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Don't look for this to get any traction. Judges are very, very reluctant to overturn election results without direct evidence of tampering. Never mind the fact that the entire Sixth District might riot if told a do-over was necessary.

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Graves was able to slip the provision into the bill given his new role as chairman of the House subcommittee that funds the IRS.

The military newspaper Stars and Stripes reports that the first-term Republican celebrated Independence Day in Afghanistan yesterday with U.S. servicemembers.

Perdue traveled with a few of his colleagues on the Senate Armed Services Committee, including Republicans John McCain and Lindsey Graham and Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

The trip came less than a week after the Armed Services committee advanced a new defense policy bill last week. Perdue's office highlighted some of the legislation's Georgia-related provisions here.

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Tamar Hallerman
Tamar Hallerman
Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that...
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