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Kemp bringing first "Peanut Poll" to Ga National Fair in Perry


People flock to the Georgia National Fair at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry for food and rides, but to cast a vote?

That's the idea this October 8th through the 18th.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp 
plans to organize the first-ever "Peanut Poll".

Similar to the Iowa Straw Poll, Georgians will be invited to drop a peanut in a Mason jar, as a vote for their favorite presidential candidate during the fair.

During a visit to 13WMAZ, Kemp said, "You come up, and we'll have an undecided, all 15 Republican candidates. We'll have all five Democratic candidates. We'll have an undecided for people who haven't made up their mind. And obviously, this is not scientific, but it's a reason to excite people about this race, raise awareness to it."

Kemp said his office will operate a booth in the Georgia Grown building the fair for people to visit. They will keep a running tally of how many peanuts are cast for each candidate.

He said he has invited all of the presidential candidates to come and speak at the fair. Kemp said some candidates have shown interest, but not officially committed to attending.

Kemp said, "We're keeping our fingers crossed, and we'll try to help facilitate them having a good event. Randy Moore (General Manager of the Fairgrounds and Agricenter) and his team at the fair have been great. They'll work with us, in that if somebody needs a venue to speak in. Hopefully, we'll get some presidential candidates there, and our voters will be able to talk to them and see what they stand for."

Kemp said the idea for the "Peanut Poll" came about as a way to promote the "SEC Primary" on March 1, 2016. Southern states including Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Arkansas will choose a Republican and a Democratic nominee on that date.


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