Poll: Kingston leads Perdue as runoff nears

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ATLANTA —

Jack Kingston holds an edge over David Perdue just days before the Republican primary runoff, but both men trail their potential Democratic opponent, according to a new Channel 2 Action News poll.

The Landmark Communication poll conducted on July 16 shows Rep. Jack Kingston with 48 percent of the vote and businessman David Perdue with 41 percent. The poll of 1720 likely voters has a margin of error of 2.4 percent.


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Kingston’s lead is even larger outside metro Atlanta where he has an 11 point advantage over Perdue. However in metro Atlanta,
Kingston and Perdue are dead even.

“I think it will be close but I do believe it will be Jack Kingston’s election,“ Channel 2 political analyst Bill Crane said.

Crane said Perdue’s outsider message plays well but the core conservative base may be too much to overcome.

“It plays better to an audience of general election voters, it plays better to a general electorate,” Crane told Channel 2 political reporter Lori Geary.

The poll also found both men trail Democrat Michelle Nunn in a potential November showdown.

Nunn leads Kingston by 8 percent and Perdue by 5 percent when voters were asked who they would chose if the general election were to take place today.

“I think Michelle Nunn would prefer to run against Jack Kingston. Twenty-two year incumbent, PAC money, special interest, her preferred race is the race that I think she’s going to get,” Crane said.

The primary runoff is Tuesday.