GOP Faces Tight Senate Race Against Michelle Nunn in Georgia

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Thursday, 03 Apr 2014 06:58 AM

By Elliot Jager

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Democrat Michelle Nunn continues to be a formidable candidate regardless of who wins the GOP Senate primary in Georgia, Atlanta's WSB-TV reported.

Nunn narrowly trails four out of five Republicans — businessman David Perdue, Rep. Jack Kingston, Rep. Paul Broun, and Rep. Phil Gingrey — vying for their party's nomination, while she has a slight lead over former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, according to a Landmark Communications/Rosetta Stone poll commissioned by the station.

Perdue has the biggest lead over Nunn, 38 percent to 33 percent. Gingrey is ahead of Nunn 40.5 percent to 37.6 percent. Broun edges ahead of Nunn 38.5 percent to 38.2 percent. Kingston narrowly leads Nunn 37.7 percent to 37 percent, while Nunn is ahead of Handel 38.1 percent to 37 percent. The poll shows over 20 percent of Republican primary voters undecided.

Republican strategist Eric Tanenblatt said that Nunn is benefiting from the primary battle within the GOP. Meantime, she has "avoided debates, avoided the media, hasn't had a contested primary," Tanenblatt told WSB.

Republicans have been holding regular debates including in Savannah on March 31, Communities Digital News reported.

"It's a great position for her to be in," Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson told WSB. "I think right now, Republicans are very scared. They don't really have a clear nominee that they want to support that can beat Michelle in November."

Michelle Nunn is the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn.

Meanwhile, polls show a tight race between Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and Democratic challenger Jason Carter. Deal is leading 43 percent to 39 percent, which is within the margin of error. Carter is the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter.

The Georgia primary is on May 20.

The WSB poll, which did not disseminate data on GOP senatorial candidates Derrick Grayson, Art Gardner, and Eugene Yu, surveyed 600 registered voters and has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

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