A statewide poll shows the races for governor and the U.S. Senate in Georgia to be dead heats less than three weeks before election day.
A poll of 1,543 Georgia voters showed incumbent Republican Gov. Nathan Deal with 44.33 percent compared to Democratic challenger Jason Carter with 44.26. Libertarian Andrew Hunt with about 6 percent and just over 5 percent undecided.
The race to replace the retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss is almost as close. Democrat Michelle Nunn leads Republican David Perdue by a 45.49 percent to 44.72 percent, less than a percentage point. Libertarian Amanda Swafford had 6.03 percent and 3.56 percent are undecided.
The poll, which was conducted earlier this week by Sand Mountain Communications and GaPundit.com, has a margin of error of 2.49 percent.
Todd Rehm, editor of GaPundit.com, said there is nothing surprising in the poll, considering a poll last month showed very similar numbers.
“Six months ago, I would have said close races would be surprising,” Rehm said. “We’ve been seeing a number of polls that show they are closer than they have been in years. There has not been a dramatic ‘Aha’ in this. Nothing has changed since the last one (a similar poll conducted a month ago).”
Rehm said, barring some dramatic occurrence, he doesn’t see a significant shift before the Nov. 4 General Election.
“Unless something dramatic happens in the real world, something happens to a candidate, they misspeak or something in their background comes out, you don’t expect anything dramatic at this point,” Rehm said.