Herman Cain didn't just win a surprise victory in the Florida GOP straw poll. He also bested the field of presidential candidates in the Gwinnett Republicans' straw poll last month.
In the biggest Republican stronghold in Georgia, the party conducted the poll at the Gwinnett County Fair Sept. 15 through 25, and 582 ballots were cast.
Cain, a Georgia businessman and former radio talk show host came out on top with 215 votes, nearly 37 percent of the tally.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry came in second with 159 votes, nearly twice as many as his chief rival in the race, former Massachussets Gov. Mitt Romney, who got 81 votes.
Newt Gingrich, the former U.S. House Speaker who represented a portion of Gwinnett in Congress more than a decade ago, came in fourth with 42 votes. Ron Paul had a couple more votes than Michele Bachmann, both less than 5 percent of the tally.
Gwinnett, which has produced tons of votes for the GOP in the past several election cycles, could have a big role in deciding the party's candidate next year. In fact, Secretary of State Brian Kemp pointed out that Georgia will be the third largest state to vote on Super Tuesday, when he announced last week the presidential preference primary will be held March 6.
Perry was in Atlanta Friday, and Gingrich will be here Monday, touting his new 21st Century Contract with America.
Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.
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