Three new polls find that Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue remain close in Georgia’s Senate race, quite possibly headed for a January runoff, and the latest CNN/ORC survey offers one of the first glimpses of how the two might fare head-to-head.
According to the CNN poll, in the general election in November, Nunn holds a slight lead over Perdue among likely voters, with 47 percent of the vote to his 44 percent. Libertarian candidate Amanda Swafford receives 5 percent. If no candidate tops 50 percent of the vote, the election heads to a runoff to be held January 6.
Nunn continues to have a small edge in a runoff, with 51 percent to Perdue’s 47 percent. Take the result with a grain of salt: CNN notes that this poll is intended to model general-election turnout, not runoff turnout, which typically looks different.
The CNN/ORC November predictions mirror results from other pollsters over the past two days. An InsiderAdvantage/Fox5/Morris News survey gave Nunn a two-point lead over Perdue, while, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll finds Perdue up by the same margin, with 44 percent support. Neither looked at the results of a potential runoff.