ATLANTA — Republican candidates for governor and Senate in Georgia slightly widened their lead in a final poll conducted by Landmark Communications and WSB-TV.
The statewide poll of 1,500 likely Georgia voters released Monday shows both Gov. Nathan Deal and Senate candidate David Perdue may have enough votes to avoid a runoff in their respective races.
Deal leads Democrat Jason Carter by a margin of 50.8 percent to 44.5 percent in the poll. Libertarian candidate Andrew Hunt has fallen to 2.5 percent.
Perdue is just short of the 50 percent threshold to avoid a runoff in the U.S. Senate race. The poll shows Perdue leading Democrat Michelle Nunn by 49.8 percent to 45.6 percent.
Landmark Communications conducted the poll on Sunday evening following the U.S. Senate debate on Channel 2.
Georgia has emerged as a major battleground in the national fight for control of the Senate. The possibility of a runoff looms with polls still suggesting a tight race and Libertarian candidate Amanda Swafford also on the ballot.