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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

From the moment that Georgia senator Saxby Chambliss declared that he would be willing to break his pledge to Grover Norquist and vote to raise taxes, it’s been clear that the Tea Party would target Chambliss for a primary challenge in 2014.

According to a new Public Policy Polling survey of Republican primary voters in Georgia, Chambliss would be very vulnerable to such a challenge. The right wing’s best hope for defeating Georgia’s senior senator is a familiar face: former pizza magnate and presidential candidate Herman Cain.

The PPP poll shows Chambliss’ approval rating at 45 percent, with 36 percent disapproving and 19 percent not sure. That less than 50 percent of Chambliss’ own party views him favorably is a major warning sign for the incumbent. Additionally, just 38 percent say they want Chambliss to be their nominee next year, while 43 percent say they want a more conservative nominee.

Could Cain be that nominee? The poll suggests that he would be the strongest challenger by far. In a head-to-head matchup with Chambliss, Cain would hold a huge 50 to 36 percent lead, with 13 percent undecided.

Despite running one of the oddest presidential campaigns in history — featuring empty policy proposals, absurd ads, and ending amid accusations of sexual harassment and marital infidelity — Cain is wildly popular among Georgia Republicans. According to PPP, 68 percent of Republican primary voters have a favorable opinion of Cain, while 20 percent have an unfavorable opinion and 12 percent are not sure.

Cain, who unsuccessfully ran for the Republican Senate nomination in Georgia in 2004, has said that he will not run against Chambliss. As these poll numbers show, however, he’d be the odds-on favorite if he changes his mind.

If Cain does not choose to run, then Chambliss will be in good shape for re-election. According to the PPP poll, he leads all his other likely challengers — Rep. Paul Broun, Rep. Tom Price, former Rep. Allen West, former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel, and conservative pundit Erick Erickson — by double digits. Furthermore, no Democrat would be well-positioned to defeat Chambliss. Only former senator Max Cleland — who Chambliss defeated in a viciously ugly campaign in 2002 — would pose a serious threat to the incumbent senator, registering a 45 to 45 percent tie.

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  • Only if he sells the pizza business and buys a chair. I don’t want to believe that enough stupid folks would vote for him, but hey in todays environment who knows?

  • bpai99

    Gas up the clown car once again. Cain should be love this prospect and the GOP dread it; since they need black tokens (even beyond J.C. Watts) so badly he would immediately become a prominent GOP figure nationally. Look for more asinine, simplistic and uninformed statements from Cain should that happen (plus more much dirt on his personal life). Bring him on!

    • The thought of Cain running and the nightmare of him possibly winning is just twirling in my head right about now. I need a drink.

  • Budjob

    Lynda,the republican party is well endowed with stupid people AND,stupid people!No problem there.

    • kanawah

      And you just cannot help stupid.

      • TheSkalawag929

        Stupid is easily cured with education. The hard part is getting them to accept the cure.

  • dtgraham

    This is another one of those ‘well, I guess the Mayans were right and the end is near’ stories. The only possible consolation I can see here is white Georgia Republicans seem eager to vote for an African-American over a white. That’s a start. That’s a positive in and of itself. That’s at least something. However, that they want to vote for a man who proves that an African-American can be as utterly clueless, delusional and generally crazy as any white, kind of takes a lot of the shine off of it.

    • jarheadgene

      I love your comment here. Hope they field a good Democrat in GA, then that is one more DEM seat in the Senate. Just like Ashley Judd against McConnell, if he survives his primary.

      • dtgraham

        Thanks gene. By the way, are the Dems really talking about nominating Ashley Judd against McConnell in Kentucky? First I’ve heard of it. Wow.

        • No way a Dem wins in Georgia or Kentucky right now. I wish I though otherwise. McConnell would destroy Ashley Judd. I think she knows it and I doubt she’ll run. Sad but true.

  • As Chamblis lied and cheated his way into that seat by questioning the patriotism of triple-amputee and decorated veteran Max Cleland, I would not be sorry to see him go. As far as Cain getting elected, sorry, but there is no way the people of Georgia would elect a clueless wonder like him. Florida, maybe, but not Georgia.

    • anyasnote

      Bet you 10K (LOL) they would vote for him (Cain) in Georgia – Georgia people are clueless. stupid and ignorant and on Government help, ALL REPUBLICAN RUN STATES ARE FEDERAL WELFARE . They are less educated, idiots, gun happy red necks, and inbreeds. EVERY STATE IN REPUBLICAN HANDS their minority are poor and obviously people like it, they always vote Republican and now you see how all is ending – on the cliff.

    • I’m not insulted about your Florida comment because I’m a Florida transplant from PA. I am insulted, however, that Georgia – in your mind – is slightly less disillusioned than Florida. I beg to differ – we cheat to win elections; Georgian’s just out and out vote for folks like Chambliss. No cheating necessary to elect nut jobs.

  • Jim Lou

    How can Cain be a serious candidate? If he is the favorite then the GOP is in serious trouble.

    • kanawah


      Or should I say WRONG?

  • lexi001

    We won’t know if he will run until God makes direct contact with him to let him know if he want him to run.

  • TheSkalawag929

    If Democrats can get out the vote like they did in the Presidential election it is possible to put Georgia on the road toward sanity in their governance.

    • Replying to TheSkalawag929 –

      Not a chance in hell.

      • TheSkalawag929

        Are you saying that the democrats don’t have a chance in hell or that there is no way in hell to get the republicans to take the road to sanity?

        • Michael Kollmorgen

          You can lead a horse to water, a Republican back to Sanity. But, it’s up to them to do the right thing afterwards.

          In the Republican’s case, it’s going to take a lot more than just leading them. Dragging them using Meat Hooks might do better.

          • TheSkalawag929

            I think I’d rather leave them in the wilderness wandering around and insane.

  • rpg1408

    That 68% of Georgia’s GOP Primary voters have a favorable view of the likes of Herman Cain
    is an indication that these voters are living in some alternate reality. Mr. 999, like Rick Santorum, Michelle Bachmann, Todd Akin and their ilk would , in a sane society, be relegated to the dustbin of history.

  • If republicans in Georgia think Cain is the right man for them, then they need a prayer including GOP in general. Of all the people, is Mr. Nine, Nine, Nine qualified to something valuable like being a Senator??? It is always sad to see anything deteriorating, not only the health of someone!

  • The new Alan West.

    • dtgraham

      Meet the new Alan West. Same as the old Alan West.

  • Michael Kollmorgen

    The ONLY reason Republicans like Herman Cain is because he is black. Republicans think they can split the black vote, splitting the voter base of the Democratic Party.

    Any person of color knows full well Herman is nothing more than a rich Fat Cat Token _ for the Republican Party!

  • That’s all we need a Mr. 999 in the senate. God, Help Us!

  • howa4x

    This is priceless. A corporate exec who may or may not have given his employees healthcare, a womanizer and adulturist, with simpletic proposals is ahead in a state where evangelicals dominate the republican party. I don’t know what that says about the GOP. Now Chambliss will of course try to out conservative himself if that is possible, so it will get to the place where it dosen’t matter if it’s Chambliss or a tealiban. Moderate reoublicans don;t understand that yet. Now the fun begins

  • Wonders never cease to amaze me. Another Loser! Truly, there is no excuse for Stupid.

  • stcroixcarp

    How can the Christian Right voters possible support Herman Cain and his concubines? Sorry, I forgot that Newt Gingrich was from Georgia too.

    • Michael Kollmorgen

      Should that really surprise you?

      The majority of Christianity supported a anti-christ Mormon Bishop Romney for President.

      Basically, Christianity prostituted its own value system in favor for Romney just to try and make sure Obama didn’t get elected again.

      If this is possible, anything is.

  • spermin’ herman should stick to what he knows……business. he knows almost zilch about politics, as he portrayed his shortcomings during the gop primaries. he would just be another tea party knee-jerk reactionary move, that would only help the demos take back the seat.

  • Manny4

    Just another UNK TOM!

  • frigate

    In the South, backasswardness is the rule.

    • Michael Kollmorgen

      Sometimes up north it isn’t much better.

      We’re just lucky up here we have just a tad few more sane people.

  • karinursula

    Well for Stewart and Colbert’s sage I hope at least that he runs.

  • karinursula

    sorry, should be sake

  • yodalynx

    Let me get this right. The guy who is starting to show a bit of comman sense (Chambliss) is losing support because of his “possible” willingness to break the pledge made to Lord Norquist and is in danger of being replaced by Pimp Daddy Cain??? Just when I thought Crazy Cain had ridden off into the sunset, he comes oozing back into town like a glob of moldy pizza dough.

  • Of course. One more crazy wont matter. Oh isnt he a womanizer. I would vote for him,because God has forgiven him. God doesnt forgive democrats. Ha!!!

  • 1standlastword

    Does it matter to RW xtian fundies that he is an infidel, a womanizer, and insensitive to poor people who made him rich?

  • Hopefully, people are smart enough not to elect infedels. God, please save this country by not electing infidels including this guy mentioned in this article.