Carson, Clinton crowned winners of inaugural Georgia straw poll

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton have won the Georgia National Fair's first-ever presidential "peanut poll," organizers announced Monday.

The inaugural straw poll, introduced by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in an effort to stimulate interest in state's primary, boasted a final tally Monday of more than 28,000 participants.

Carson came out on top of the Republican field with 8,576 total votes in the straw poll. He was closely followed by GOP front-runner Donald Trump, who earned 8,099 votes overall. The two Washington outsiders, who currently lead national polls of Republican voters, managed to secure three times as many votes as the rest of the GOP field combined.

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Meanwhile, Clinton was crowned the clear front-runner on the Democratic side. The former first lady, who was dubbed the winner of last week's Democratic debate, earned 2,513 votes in the poll — nearly three times as many as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and seven times as many votes as Vice President Joe Biden, who is expected to announce his 2016 decision this week.

The percentage of undecided voters participating in the Republican and Democratic straw polls was greater on both sides than the percentage of support earned by most candidates. On the Democratic side, the "undecided" option received 22 percent of the overall votes — 4 percentage points greater than Sanders — while undecided voters made up nearly 9 percentage of those voting for Republican candidates.

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