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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.

Picture credit – Creative Commons, 2016 Georgia Presidential Election Results

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.

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Jeremy Spencer
Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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