Among the big winners in a straw poll conducted during the Republican Women of Muscogee County annual dinner Tuesday at Columbus' Cunningham Center were Karen Handel, Seth Harp, Kip Smith and Josh McKoon.
More than 220 attended the dinner and 209 participated in the poll, though in some party primary races more than 60 declined to cast a vote.
Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel was the top choice for governor, with 57 votes to Nathan Deal's 42 and Eric Johnson's 41.
State Sen. Seth Harp got 100 votes for insurance commissioner, while Gary Purcell got 38 and Ralph Hudgens got 31.
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For attorney general, Sam Olens got 125 votes and Max Woods got 22.
For the House District 129 seat Vance Smith left to become transportation commissioner, his son Kip Smith got 73 votes. Earl Davis got 31; Jerry Luquire got 24; Steve Earles got 17; and 64 people chose not to vote.
For the State Senate District 29 seat Harp is leaving to run for insurance commissioner, Josh McKoon got 126 votes; Ron Mullins got 43; and 40 people chose not to vote.
Those were among nine races for which those attending the dinner were polled.