An InsiderAdvantage/Fox5/Morris News and OpinionSavvy “SuperPoll,” released Thursday, shows U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga) ahead of his challenger Georgia businessman David Perdue by five points. The two Republicans will face each other in a runoff election for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate next Tuesday, July 22.
The survey found Kingston with 46 percent of the vote, Perdue with 41 percent and 13 percent still undecided. The poll has +/- 3.7 percent margin of error and a 95 percent “confidence level.”
The winner of the runoff will challenge Democrat Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn, in November. Nunn’s last quarter fundraising was higher than Kingston and Perdue combined. The Democrat brought in $3.45 million for her campaign, the most out of all Senate races in the country.
According to the poll, Kingston leads among all age groups except the oldest one, 65 and up. The Washington veteran also has a large lead among those who identify themselves as Republicans, 53-36. Perdue’s largest lead is among the independents who support him over Kingston by seven points. The poll included 696 likely runoff voters.
Kingston entered politics in 1984, and has been in elected office ever since. Perdue, the cousin of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and a Fortune 500 CEO who’s led companies like Dollar General and Reebok, is running for public office for the first time.
Georgia Republicans have been increasingly concerned with Nunn, who aside from very impressive fundraising numbers is also polling ahead of both Kingston and Perdue. In the latest survey by Public Policy Polling from last week, the Democrat leads Perdue by seven points and Kingston by three.
Nunn’s Republican challenger, once he finally emerges from the bruising primary, will have to fundraise very aggressively in a very short period of time to catch up with his opponent. Nunn, much like Perdue, is running for public office for the first time.