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Karen Handel’s internal poll: Perdue first, Handel second in Senate primary

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Today, one week before the primary elections in Georgia, former Secretary of State Karen Handel’s campaign released a survey that shows Handel in second place in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat.

The Rosetta Stone poll was conducted on May 12, included 800 likely primary voters, and has a 3.4 percent margin of error. The results of the survey are consistent with recent polling in Georgia.

Businessman David Perdue, the only top candidate without political experience, is leading with 22 percent, Handel comes in second with 20 percent, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston third with 18 percent, U.S. Rep. Paul Broun fourth with 11 percent, and U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey fifth with 7 percent.

Most polling shows Perdue as the front runner now, but Handel surged in recent weeks to take over Kingston, who for a while looked like GOP’s favorite. Handel’s sudden rise could be attributed in part to Erick Erickson’s support. Erickson is a conservative pundit, FOX News contributor, and radio talk show host in Atlanta. He endorsed Handel over Kingston few weeks ago on his radio show.

The primary elections are held on May 20, but the Republican contest is certain to end in a run-off between top two candidates. The run-off will take place on July 22. It appears that Handel and Kingston are battling it out for the second spot, while Perdue will be the top pick.

The Republican will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in the general election. Nunn is a daughter of Sam Nunn (D-Ga), former U.S. Senator, but she’s running for her first political office much like Perdue. She’s also had experience running a large organization, again just like Perdue, although Nunn runs a non-profit (Points of Light) while Perdue is a very successful Fortune 500 CEO and businessman.

On Sunday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution released its own poll testing each one of the five Republicans against Nunn. According to that survey, Perdue would be the toughest to beat and is the only candidate challenging Nunn into a statistical tie.

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