FORMER U.S. Rep. Bob Barr of Smyrna and former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk of Cartersville appeared to be headed toward a July 22 runoff to succeed Phil Gingrey as 11th District Congressman as Primary Day dawned, at least according to a poll of 400 likely Republican voters released on Monday by Landmark Communications.
That poll had an error margin of 4.9 percent and showed Loudermilk in the lead at 28.2 percent, followed by Barr with 25.0 percent, Ed Lindsey with 16.2 percent, Tricia Pridemore with 11.8 percent, Allen Levene at 1.7 percent and retired Army Col. Larry Mrozinski at 1.4 percent.
THE OTHER closely watched local race widely expected to go to a runoff is that for the District 1 Northwest Cobb seat on the Cobb Commission. Many observers expect the crowded field to boil down to Bill Byrne and Bob Weatherford in the runoff, but don’t be surprised to see fellow candidates Angela Barner, Glenn Melson or Scott Tucker show surprising strength in today’s balloting.
Turnout is expected to be much lower today than in the most recent non-presidential year statewide GOP primary. And as we have seen over and over when it comes to SPLOST and school bond referendums — which are typically ignored by most voters — a small, highly motivated cadre of supporters for an issue or candidate can be the key to success.