POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Poll shows GOP taking top spots

Republicans could sweep the top posts in the upcoming election, according to a poll released last week.

Landmark Communications released a detailed analysis of voter opinions after surveying 3,227 voters.

The poll has Republican Nathan Deal besting Roy Barnes in the governor’s race, by a margin of 47 percent to 39 percent. Libertarian John Monds is fetching a slightly higher percentage than traditional third-party candidates at 4 percent.

Sen. Johnny Isakson holds a commanding lead in his race to continue in Washington, with a margin of 56 to 35 over Democratic challenger Michael Thurmond.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is ahead in his re-election bid with 50 percent to Carol Porter’s 34 percent.

And Republicans Ralph Hudgens and Gary Black have substantial leads in their races for Insurance and Agriculture commissioners. Hudgens has a 26-point lead over Democrat Mary Squires, a former Gwinnett senator.

Local rallies scheduled

Two rallies will be held next week to help get those Republicans in office.

With Newt Gingrich featured in a 3:30 p.m. rally Thursday at the Gwinnett Center, local tea party enthusiasts are planning another rally later in the evening.

The event, which will be held at the Flying Machine restaurant at Briscoe Field, will feature the co-founders of the Tea Party Patriots Jenny Beth Martin and Mark Meckler. Along with local enthusiasts Debbie Dooley and Julianne Thompson, another special guest will be Luke Livingston, who produced the Tea Party Movie.

“Be there to show your support for our candidates, our Tea Party and the belief our Nation will overcome the obstacles in her way·starting this November,” an e-mail said, adding that light hors d’ouevres would be served and the restaurant will offer its full menu.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.