According to the latest poll, released Friday evening, measuring support in the U.S. Senate race in Georgia, Democrat Michelle Nunn leads her Republican challenger David Perdue by seven points. The survey was conducted by the Landmark Communications firm for WSB-TV.
The results of the poll show Nunn with 47 percent of the vote, Perdue with 40 percent, and Libertarian Amanda Swafford with 3 percent. Just 10 percent were still undecided, according to the survey. The poll included 600 “active Georgia voters” and has a +/- 4 percent margin of error.
This outcome is quite surprising, considering that Nunn polled more than six points behind Perdue less than two weeks ago. But the Landmark Communications firm said they were very thorough in the survey, which included live interviews and cell phone numbers.
The WSB-TV political analyst Bill Crane said that Perdue appears to be losing support among women, and according to the poll Perdue has 34 percent of the female vote to Nunn’s 52 percent. Perdue leads among men by just seven points.
Crane said that Perdue will have to find a way to appeal to women, while Nunn’s biggest issue will be getting black Democrats to come out and vote. Nunn is certainly facing quite a challenge in appealing to black voters, yet staying far enough from President Barack Obama who is not very popular among the general population in Georgia.
Nunn and Perdue just had their first debate on Thursday, and that’s where Nunn distanced herself from the President by criticizing his immigration and military policies. Nunn has been defining herself as a centrist who looks beyond partisan lines to do what’s best for Georgians.
Both Nunn and Perdue are new to politics and both come from political families. Nunn, the CEO of a nonprofit Points of Light, is the daughter of former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn (D). Perdue, the former CEO of Reebok and Dollar General, is the cousin of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue (R).