After Bruising Georgia GOP Primary, Democrat Nunn Clings to Lead

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Friday, 23 May 2014 03:25 PM

By Melanie Batley

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Georgia Democratic Senate nominee Michelle Nunn is slightly ahead of both GOP rivals she might face in November to fill the open seat of retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, after Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue pulled through a crowded GOP primary on Tuesday, a new poll has found.

According to a Rasmussen Reports Survey conducted May 21-22 of 750 likely Georgia voters, 47 percent of voters say they would choose Nunn in November in a matchup against Kingston, compared to 41 percent who say they would support Kingston. Three percent would support another candidate, while nine percent are undecided.

In a matchup with Perdue, Nunn has just a 3 point lead, within the poll's margin of error. Forty-five percent would back Nunn compared to 42 percent who say they would support Perdue. Seven percent would support another candidate and six percent are undecided.

Kingston and Perdue were the top two vote-getters in Tuesday's five-way primary. Because neither candidate won more than 50 percent of the vote, they will face each other in a July 22 runoff to determine the GOP's nominee for November.

Roughly 95 percent of Georgia Democrats would support Nunn, regardless of her opponent, the poll also found. Kingston would attract 77 percent of GOP voters in a matchup with Nunn, while Perdue currently has 80 percent Republican support in a race against Nunn.

"Whichever Republican wins the nomination, the new national healthcare law will be a central issue in the race. Nunn wouldn't say this week when asked publicly whether she would have voted for Obamacare if she had been in the Senate at the time," the poll noted.

Forty-three percent of Georgia voters have a favorable opinion of the healthcare law, according to the poll, while 54 percent view it unfavorably, including 21 percent who have a "very favorable" opinion of the law and 43 percent who have a "very unfavorable" view.

Nunn has the support of over 80 percent of voters among those who have a very favorable opinion of Obamacare, while both Kingston and Perdue get just short of 80 percent support from voters in the larger group with a very unfavorable view of the law, the poll found.

The survey's findings are in keeping with the most recent polls, as reported by RealClearPolitics, that show Nunn would have a single-digit lead in a match-up with Perdue, though in April, Perdue was ahead.

In a match-up with Kingston, recent polls put Nunn in the lead by as little as 1 point and as high as 10 points, RealClearPolitics reports.

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