(Gwinnett Daily Post) - State Senate President Pro Tem David Shafer, R-Duluth, captured a commanding lead in a lieutenant governor’s race straw poll conducted over the weekend at the Georgia Republican Convention in Augusta.
The unscientific straw poll was conducted by the Georgia Association of Republican County Chairmen for governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state races.
Results as of the end of the convention on Saturday put Shafer in first place with 54 percent of the votes cast in the straw poll. Results posted late Monday afternoon however indicated Shafer may have gotten 41 percent of the vote, with 33 percent of poll respondents undecided.
Either way, the results put him ahead of his competitors, Rep. Geoff Duncan and Sen. Rick Jeffares, by double digits.
“I am grateful for the strong support of Republican leaders throughout the state,” Shafer said.
Republicans in Gwinnett’s legislative delegation celebrated Shafer performance in the straw poll.
“David Shafer is the overwhelming choice of grass roots Republicans,” state Rep. Clay Cox, R-Lilburn, said. “They know and trust him.”
State Sen. P.K. Martin, R-Lawrenceville, said, “This is a major victory for David Shafer. He is strongly in the lead and continues to build momentum.”