Libertarian Could Force Runoff in Georgia Senate Race

Friday, 22 Aug 2014 02:41 PM

By Drew MacKenzie

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Republican David Perdue is leading Democrat Michelle Nunn in the Georgia Senate race, but Libertarian Party candidate Amanda Swafford could force a runoff between her rivals, a new poll reveals.

The poll by Insider Advantage/Opinion Savvy Survey shows that Perdue leads Nunn by 7 points, 47 percent to 40 percent, with Swafford garnering 8 percent of the likely voters. But under Georgia law, a candidate must have 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff, MyFoxAtlanta.com reported.

Matt Towery, CEO of Insider Advantage, told Atlanta's Fox5 that the race was "competitive," but said that Nunn faces an uphill fight.

"Perdue, who did well with women voters in both the primary and the primary runoff, continues to perform well, running about equal with Nunn," Towery said. "But among male voters, Perdue has a significant lead.

"For Nunn to push this race into a runoff, she must increase her numbers among white men, and among independent voters, who currently favor Perdue by 14 points.

"She will pick up additional points as African-American voters drift from the undecided camp, and as the youngest of voters, who likely have never heard of Perdue, drift more to their natural Democratic voting pattern."

Towery added, "For Perdue to avoid a runoff, he must increase his numbers among women voters, and start to appeal to voters who are parents of teenagers or young children."

A runoff would not be held until after the November general election.

The poll of 719 likely voters was conducted Aug. 12-13, and has a margin of error of 3.7 percent.

The bid to fill the open seat of retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss is one of the key races of the midterm elections, with Democrats fighting to keep control of the Senate.

Outside groups have spent more than $8 million on the race, and Perdue, a former corporate CEO, is wealthy enough to finance innumerable campaign ads. Nunn is the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Rep. Mike Kelly Offers Obama 'Lump of Coal for Christmas'

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 07:50 AM

All forms of energy in the United States should be developed to spur job creation and economic growth, Pennsylvania Repu . . .

Politico: Obama May Give Dems 80 Percent of 2016 Latino Vote

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 19:18 PM

President Barack Obama may be on track to helping deliver as much as 80 percent of Latino voters to the 2016 Democratic  . . .

Obama Appointee's Group Accused of Illegal Politicking

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 19:09 PM

A nonprofit group run by an Obama administration appointee may have supported Democratic mayoral candidates in Californi . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved