Polls show Georgia GOP candidates leading
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.
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.