ATLANTA — An exclusive Channel 2 Action News/Landmark Communications poll shows President Donald Trump has expanded his lead in Georgia.
The poll of 500 likely voters took place on Oct. 21, just before the final debate.
It shows Trump leading 49% to former Vice President Joe Biden’s 45%. About 4% of Georgia voters remain undecided. That also falls within the poll’s margin of error, which is 4.4%. So it remains a statistical dead heat.
It’s an improvement for Trump from our Oct. 9 poll that showed Trump with a 2% point lead over Biden. And in our poll back on Oct. 1, Biden led by 2%.
Republican Sen. David Perdue has opened up a 6% lead on Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff. Perdue has 50.2% of support compared to Ossoff’s 44.6%.
That 50% mark is important. If neither candidate reaches 50%, the race heads to a runoff election.
With 20 candidates, the special election to fill the other former Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat is almost certainly heading to a runoff.
In that race, Rep. Doug Collins has pulled ahead of Sen. Kelly Loeffler. Collins has 27.3% support to Loeffler’s 23.6%. Loeffler had been consistently leading Collins in Georgia polling until now.
Democrat Raphael Warnock is out in front of all the candidates in that race, garnering 32.8% support.
We also asked voters how they intended to cast their ballot and there was a dramatic difference between candidates.
About 64% of Trump voters are planning to wait until Election Day compared to only 29% for Biden voters.
The vast majority of Biden supporters say they’ll either vote early or by absentee ballot.
Looking closer at the demographics, the poll shows Trump with a big lead among white voters in Georgia with 72% favoring him.
Contrary to what’s happening nationwide, Trump leads among seniors in Georgia by 10%.
One of the biggest takeaways of this poll shows Republicans voters are waiting to vote until Election Day, which could be risky for candidates when 3/4 of Biden supporters in our poll says they’ll have already voted.
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