GOP Candidates Trail Leading Dem. in Georgia Senate Race

by Andrew Johnson

A race previously thought to be safe for Republicans is now looking like a toss-up in Georgia, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey. The poll shows likely Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn leading four of her potential Republican opponents.

Nunn, a non-profit CEO and the daughter of a former longtime senator from the state, currently holds slight leads over elected Republicans, three House members and a statewide official. She is ahead of Representative Paul Broun by one percentage point with a 42–41 lead; Representative Jack Kingston 44-42; and Representative Phil Gingrey 45–41. Secretary of state Karen Handel trails Nunn 44–40.

The PPP survey did not ask respondents who they would vote for in a Republican primary, and past polls show the race to be close, although Gingrey is frequently among the leaders.