Poll: Perdue, Kingston lead U.S. Senate race

David Perdue and Jack Kingston may be headed to a Republican runoff race for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat, a new SurveyUSA poll says.

The poll of 2,300 Georgians statewide was conducted April 24-27 for WXIA in Atlanta.

The poll shows Perdue, a former Dollar General CEO, with support from 26 percent of likely voters in the Republican primary and Kingston, a congressman from Savannah, with 20 percent.

Not far behind, though, are Karen Handel, former Georgia Secretary of State, with 15 percent, and another congressman, Paul Broun of Athens, with 13 percent. The poll's margin of error for the Senate race is 4.5 percent.

Also in the Senate race, the poll shows Michelle Nunn with a big lead over three other Democrats in their primary. Nunn had 57 percent, Steve Miles, 13 percent, Todd Robinson, 7 percent and Rad Radulovacki, 5 percent. SurveyUSA says Nunn is likely to avoid a primary.

In other races, SurveyUSA shows Gov. Nathan Deal likely to beat to challengers without a runoff. The poll shows Deal with 64 percent of the Republican primary vote, David Pennington 11 percent and John Barge 10 percent.

The poll predicts Deal would beat Democratic challenger Jason Carter, 41 to 34 percent, in November. Libertarian Andrew Hunt would take 9 percent of the vote, the poll says.

Also: There is no clear leader in the Republican Primary for School Superintendent. The top 5 candidates have between 7 and 10 percent and SurveyUSA says a runoff is certain.

In the Democratic primary for Secretary of State, Doreen Carter would defeat Gerald Beckumy, 48 percent to 23 percent.The winner faces incumbent Republican Brian Kemp.

In the Democratic primary for Insurance Commissioner, Liz Johnson would defeat Keith Heard 48 percent to 28 percent. The winner faces incumbent Republican Ralph Hudgens.

In the Democratic primary for State School Superintendent, Alisha Thomas Morgan leads the field with 19 percent, followed by alarie Wilson at 16 percent, Dennis Freeman 13 percent, Tarnisha Dent 10 percent. SurveyUSA says a runoff is certain.

To see the complete poll results, click here.


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