According to a SurveyUSA poll released on Monday, the heated U.S. Senate race in Georgia favors U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga) in his Republican primary runoff challenge against businessman David Perdue, as well as in the possible general election run against Democrat Michelle Nunn.
SurveyUSA found Kingston with 52 percent of the vote to Perdue’s 41 percent. That’s a significant change from the May 20th primary election when Perdue was a comfortable winner with 30.6 percent while Kingston battled it out for the second spot with former Secretary of State Karen Handel. Kingston received 25.8 percent of the vote, about four points ahead of Handel.
The survey also spells out really bad news for Nunn, who loses to Kingston by six points and to Perdue by five points in the poll’s match ups.
SurveyUSA interviewed 2,200 Georgia adults of whom 1,854 were registered to vote, 999 were likely to vote in the general election, and 419 were likely to vote in the July 22 runoff. For the runoff results the margin of error is +/- 4.9 percent and for the general election +/- 3.2 percent. The survey was conducted June 3-5.
Additionally, Kingston’s internal polling, released on Tuesday, also shows the congressman with a double-digit lead of 49 to 35 over Perdue. The McLaughlin & Associates poll included 500 likely Republican primary runoff voters and was conducted May 27-29. The margin of error is +/- 4.5 percent.
Kingston received quite a few endorsements in the last three weeks, and one of the most important ones came from his former challenger Karen Handel. Handel endorsed Kingston shortly after the primary, and it appears that her supporters have followed suit. According to SurveyUSA, Kingston has a comfortable advantage in Handel’s strongholds – metro Atlanta and in Eastern and Southern Georgia, although the favorable regions did overlap for the two candidates.
Perdue is running for elected office for the first time, and although he’s the cousin of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, he doesn’t have an established network of political support. Kingston has been in Georgia politics since 1982, and appears to have the support of his many colleagues. Kingston has been most recently endorsed by Georgia’s 2012 presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, which the former Georgia congressman and House Speaker announced on Tuesday.