The straw poll – it can be a completely superfluous event disconnected from the broader election. It can also portend trends among committed party activists that otherwise may go unseen until the main day. In either case, it’s certainly an opportunity for the winning candidate to tout their “momentum.” Two major Georgia counties with active Republican groups recently held theirs and came to some differing conclusions.

First, on Sunday, the Forsyth County GOP held their annual cookout – hosted by Kemp supporter and PSC Commissioner Bubba McDonald. They conducted a straw poll featuring three races. Former state representative Geoff Duncan beat former state senator David Shafer 104 to 93 for the Lt. Governor spot and former Alpharetta mayor David Belle Isle beat former state representative Brad Raffensperger 114 to 70. The big governor race, Casey Cagle beat Brian Kemp 112 to 90 votes. 

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