ATLANTA | Karen Handel has ridden a wave of growing support to pass Jack Kingston in the GOP Senate primary race to take second place and come within the margin of error with frontrunner David Perdue, according to a poll released this morning for Morris News.
Handel, Georgia’s former secretary of state, has steadily gained in recent surveys as former Nike CEO Perdue has held the top spot. Kingston, a Savannah congressman, has enjoyed little benefit from major investments in television spots that most Republican observers describe as ineffective.
Physicians and congressmen Paul Broun of Athens and Phil Gingrey of Marietta remain rooted in fourth and fifth places, respectively.
Perdue has the support of 22 percent, Handel 21 and Kingston 17, with Broun at 14 and Gingrey 12. Three percent was split between underfunded newcomers Art Gardner and Derrick Grayson. Still, 11 percent can’t make up their minds at the start of early voting.
The poll also shows Nathan Deal easily winning the Republican gubernatorial nomination on May 20 with support from two of every three primary voters. Former Dalton Mayor David Pennington holds 11 percent of the support while State Superintendent of Schools John Barge has 4 percent and 19 percent remain undecided.