Poll: Ga. GOP Senate Primary Is Tight Race Coming Down to Wire

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 08:01 PM

By Cathy Burke

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It's anyone race in Georgia's crowded GOP Senate primary, with businessman David Perdue and Rep. Jack Kingston holding the top two slots and former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel moving into "a solid third place," a new poll released Thursday shows.

The Insider Advantage survey conducted for Fox News' Atlanta affiliate and the Morris News Service shows, with one month to go before the May 20 primary, Perdue polling at 19 percent, Kingston at 15 percent and Handel at 13 percent. Two other congressmen, Reps. Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey, come in at 11 percent and 9 percent respectively, the poll showed.

The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

Poll analyst Matt Towery said the poll illustrated "Handel shows the most momentum at the moment."

"Kingston has solidified second place with his more recent ‘Obamacare' ad featuring images of Barack Obama engaged in leaving a faux voicemail for Kingston," he said.

"Perdue leads among women in the poll. Handel, who has always polled less favorably with female voters, is facing the same predicament in this race. More of her support comes from male voters once again."

The Hill reported Gingrey has a large warchest, and has only recently started running ads, and Handel has little money but is gaining traction in the media with her attacks on Perdue over a leaked video of him criticizing her for not having a college degree — and due to an endorsement and campaign appearance from Sarah Palin.

The Hill said the survey's "methodology also could lead to some questions," noting it uses both phone and Internet, "and any minor over- or under-sampling in a field as close and crowded as this could lead to major variation."

Michelle Nunn is the likely Democrat in the race to fill the seat being vacated by two-term GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

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