Polls show Georgia GOP candidates leading

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 20, 2014
Left to right: Richard Woods, GOP candidate for state superintendent, Gov. Nathan Deal, and U.S. Senate Candidate David Perdue.

Left to right: Richard Woods, GOP candidate for state superintendent, Gov. Nathan Deal, and U.S. Senate Candidate David Perdue.

So far things are looking good for Georgia Republican candidates running in statewide races as the November general election approaches.

Several polls show that Gov. Nathan Deal, U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue and state School Superintendent candidate Richard Woods leading their Democratic opposition. The Democrats are, gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Jason Carter, U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn and State School Superintendent candidate Valarie Wilson, formerly a member of the City Schools of Decatur Board of Education.

The Poll Tracker phone app, which averages polling data to provide insight into races around the country, shows that Gov. Deal holds a 5.1 percent lead over Carter. The most recent poll in that race was conducted by Survey USA, which shows Deal beating carter, 48 percent to 39 percent among a sample of 560 likely voters.

Poll Tracker also shows that Perdue holds a 7.4 percent lead over Nunn in the race for U.S. Senate. The Survey USA poll found Perdue is ahead of Nunn 50 percent to 41 percent.

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Survey USA also conducted a poll on the race for state school superintendent. Woods leads Wilson 51 percent to 39 percent. One of the significant points of contention in that race is the candidates’ position on implementing statewide Common Core standards in Education. Wilson supports Common Core while Woods has been opposed to the new standards. Survey USA found, “Among voters who support the ‘Common Core’ school standards, the Democrat Wilson leads 2:1. Among those who oppose Common Core, the Republican Woods leads 6:1.”

To read the full analysis from Survey USA, click here.

There’ve also been some new developments along the campaign trail:

– According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Sen. Carter said he’s in favor of holding another vote on a transportation sales tax, like the one that metro Atlanta voters overwhelmingly rejected in 2012. To read the full story, click here.

– Wilson and Woods squared off in their first debate held on Aug. 19. The debate was held during the day and hosted by the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education. Video of the debate is forthcoming. WABE wrote about the debate. Woods called for a two-year moratorium on implementing new student testing, called Georgia Milestones, while Wilson reiterated her support for Common Core. To read the WABE story, click here.

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  • Chris Billingsley

    Is there a bad moon on the rise? Maybe but not what the article implies.
    A lot can happen between now and November. The best hope for the minority party is not with the issues. There is no way that conservative Georgians, the majority of whom are pro-life, pro-traditional values and suspicious of government, will vote for the Three Big Dems (TBDs) of Carter, Nunn and Wilson. No, but what they can hope for is that some Democrat district attorney will indict one or all of the top Republican candidates with some trumped up banana republic charge similar to what was recently done in Texas. They can’t win on the issues but if the election becomes a contest between someone running against a candidate who faces a possible criminal indictment, no matter how political the charge, then the election could be a toss-up. If so, it’s all about getting your people to the polls and of course, walk around money.
    I fear that I may have upset some of my liberal brothers and sisters with my opinion that Democrats cannot win with the issues. So I want to return to my first statement. I am a Sixties child, raised during that miserable political decade but blessed with wonderful music while growing up. The band Credence Clearwater Revival had a song with the refrain, “Don’t go out tonight, it’s bound to take your life. There’s a bad moon on the rise.” Growing up a foolish Sixties teenager, I thought it was “… There’s a bathroom on the right”. Pretty silly right?
    Oh, by the way, I campaigned and voted for George McGovern.

    • underscorex

      You say that as though Deal isn’t already a crook. All that business with the state ethics commission stinks to high heaven. Run out the people who want to investigate him, appoint his own people who then somehow find that nope, he didn’t do anything wrong, no-sir-ee, and then buy out the whistleblowers with multi-million dollar settlements (which of course have non-disclosure clauses).

      You want to be “suspicious of government”? Start with Nathan Deal.

  • MP

    The indictment of Perry was not brought by the district attorney. It was brought by Mike McCrum, a special prosecutor appointed by a GOP state judge. Based on interviews with peers that have appeared in the press, previous support from both Republicans and Democrats and reviews of his political donations, it doesn’t appear that he has strong political leanings one way or the other.

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