In a recent statewide poll of Georgia’s gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races, released on Tuesday, both contests show a statistical tie between Democrats and Republicans, with Libertarian candidates trailing behind in single digits. The survey, commissioned by WRBL News 3 television, The Ledger-Enquirer newspaper, and PMB Broadcasting radio and carried out by GaPundit.com, was conducted on August 24-25.
In the gubernatorial race, Georgia Governor Republican Nathan Deal is leading his Democratic opponent Jason Carter 43.6 percent to 41.5 percent, and Libertarian Andrew Hunt received 6.6 percent of the vote. But in this small sample of 1,578 likely Georgia voters, the difference between Deal and Carter is just 33 voters. Undecided add up to just 8.3 percent.
In the U.S. Senate race, it is the Democrat Michelle Nunn who is leading Republican David Perdue 44.7 percent to 43.1 percent, while Libertarian Amanda Swafford got 7.4 percent of support. The difference between Nunn and Perdue translates to just 26 votes. The undecided vote in this race is only 4.7 percent. The survey in both contests had a 2.4 percent margin of error.
The polling for both of the races has been very inconsistent in the recent weeks. Some surveys show ties, some show a commanding lead by the Republican candidates, and some by the Democrats. The averages however, according to Real Clear Politics, still show Republicans with a slight lead. For governor - the averages show Deal ahead by 2 points, and in the Senate race -Perdue is ahead by 2.6 points.