In a poll by InsiderAdvantage and Opinion Savvy released today, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga) is in a comfortable 11-point lead over his challenger businessman David Perdue, in the runoff race for the Republican nomination in Georgia for the U.S. Senate.
The survey, conducted for Morris News and WAGA-TV in Atlanta on June 10-11, found Kingston with 46 percent of the vote, Perdue with 35 percent, and 19 percent still undecided. The margin of error for the poll is +/- 4.9 percent.
In the primary election, Perdue won the most votes with 30.6 percent, Kingston came in second with 25.8 percent, and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel was third with 22 percent. Handel, along with another candidate U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga) endorsed Kingston and it appears that their supporters are lining up behind the congressman.
Perdue is a political novice with significant business experience running Reebok and Dollar General, among others. Some analysts believe that the recent unexpected defeat of Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va) by an economics professor with no previous political experience could propel candidates like Perdue across the country.
“We conducted this survey before and after the defeat of Rep. Eric Cantor in Virginia– and the undecided vote started to increase after Cantor suffered his loss,” said InsiderAdvantage/FOX5 Political Analyst Matt Towery. “Whether the Cantor loss will somehow impact the Georgia race remains to be seen. The July 22 primary race has many more weeks to go, so the numbers could change substantially as we get closer to the actual vote.”
However, if the most recent polls are correct, Perdue would have to get a large majority of that undecided group in order to win. Also, according to a poll by SurveyUSA conducted just a few days earlier, the undecided vote was just 7 percent. SurveyUSA found Kingston ahead by 11 points, same as InsiderAdvantage.