According to a new poll released on Thursday, GOP candidate Brian Kemp maintains a slight lead over Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams.
The recent AJC/WSB poll indicates a 1.4 percent gap between the two candidates – Kemp had a total of 47.7 percent support to Abrams’ 46.3 percent. The Libertarian candidate Ted Meltz yields 2.3 percent support, and 4 percent of the voters polled are undecided.
In AJC/WSB’s previous poll done in September, Kemp and Abrams were tied at 45 percent with 7 percent undecided.
The poll also looked at President Trump’s approval rating which polled at 50 percent approval among Republican voters. For Democrats, Abrams looks to court a wide range of independent voters to strengthen her chances to winning.
According to the Real Clear Politics average, which looks at all collective poll results, Kemp also has a 1.4 percent lead over Abrams and Kemp has carried a slight edge throughout the general election campaign season.
Georgia has been a Republican stronghold for many years, but the margin has changed when one looks at past presidential elections. This change is consistent with changing demographics in the metro Atlanta area.
In the 2000 presidential election, George W. Bush won the state by 12 percent over Al Gore. Georgia voters in the 2008 presidential election picked John McCain over Barack Obama by 5.2 percent. In the 2012 election, Romney won Georgia by 8 percent, and in 2016, Trump won Georgia by 5.16 percent over Hillary Clinton.
Other parts of the poll:
Lt. Governor’s Race –
- Geoff Duncan (R) 45.5 percent
- Sarah Riggs Amico (D) 39.3 percent
- Undecided 15.3 percent
Secretary of State’s Race –
- Brad Raffensperger (R) 41.4 percent
- John Barrow (D) 36.8 percent
The poll was conducted by the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs between Sept. 30 to Oct. 9. The poll’s sample included 1,232 likely general election voters who said they had voted in recent contests and said they would vote in November.