On the campaign trail: Vox Populi poll has Perdue leading Nunn, 49-40

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David Perdue held a 49-40 percent lead over Michelle Nunn in a poll of the Georgia Senate race released Wednesday by Vox Populi Polling, a newly launched Republican firm whose partners include Mary Cheney, the daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney.

“This is good news for Perdue, who will likely see an uptick in his numbers after Republicans capitalize off of Nunn’s recent misfortune,” said Vox Populi’s Brent Seaborn.

He was referring to media coverage this week of an internal strategy document for the Nunn campaign that was leaked to the National Review Online, a conservative website.

Vox Populi said it surveyed 624 active voters from July 27-28 for its poll, which had a 3.9 percent margin of error. The firm said “497 interviews were completed using automated telephone technology and 127 were conducted using mobile based survey technology.”

According to the crosstabs, the racial composition of the poll sample was 62 percent white, 28 percent black, and 5 percent Hispanic. The partisan makeukp was 30 percent Democratic, 31 percent Republican, and 28 percent independent.

Recount in state superintendent runoff

Mike Buck, who finished 713 votes behind Richard Woods (out of a total of 398,193 ballots cast) in the Republican runoff for state school superintendent, will get a statewide recount of that result.

Buck was entitled to the recount under state law because the margin between him and Woods was less than 0.2 percent, so the recount was granted by Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

Kemp’s office said the recount by the state’s 159 county election superintendents will be held at 12 noon Thursday.

If the recount does not change the results, Woods will proceed to the general election race with Democratic nominee Valarie Wilson. Woods is an Irwin County educator, while Wilson is former chairman of the Decatur City school board.

Kemp, the state’s chief elections officer, announced Tuesday that he has certified the July 22 primary election results, the recount notwithstanding. Other candidates in addition to Buck have one week from the time of certification to request a recount.

Reed: Immigrant children are welcome here

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, in what could be a major political break with Gov. Nathan Deal, says that unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America are welcome to stay in Atlanta.

“The fact of the matter is, we have a growing immigrant population in the metropolitan region and in the state, and it’s very important that we send a signal that we’re going to be a welcoming community and we’re going to allow these folks to be trained and treat them well,” Reed said at a City Hall news conference Tuesday.

Reed’s attitude differs sharply from that expressed by Deal, who up until now had worked closely with the mayor on such economic development issues as federal funding for the dredging of the Savannah River.

Last week, Deal sent a sharply worded letter to President Barack Obama complaining about the movement of 1,154 immigrant children to sponsored homes in Georgia and warning Obama not to allow immigrants into the state again without first informing Deal.

“This came as a complete shock to me as the governor of this state,” Deal wrote. “I’m sure it will also shock the local communities around the state where these individuals currently reside.”

Deal added: “We are particularly interested to know if the children will be classified as ‘refugees,’ which would entitle them to all social welfare benefits available to Americans. Between Medicaid and school enrollment, this would come with a large price tag for Georgia taxpayers, and that’s unacceptable.”

But Reed took a position 180 degrees different from Deal’s, saying, “I’m going to send a message in no uncertain terms that these children need a safe place, and a safe haven. The city of Atlanta is going to be that.”

Reed’s outspoken comment could signal a significant political break between him and Deal, who is facing a tough reelection race this fall with Democratic challenger Jason Carter (Reed is also a Democrat).

This sums it all up

What could well be the best summing-up political quote ever was reported by the Marietta Daily Journal after Bob Weatherford defeated Bill Byrne in a Republican runoff last week for a seat on the Cobb County Commission:

“The good news is that I won,” Weatherford said. “The bad news is that I won.”

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