ATLANTA -- For the first time, Michelle Nunn leads the race for Georgia's Senate seat. In an exclusive 11Alive poll conducted by Survey USA, Democrat Michelle Nunn leads likely voters 48% to Republican David Perdue's 45%. Libertarian Amanda Swafford grabs 3%, just enough votes to possibly force a runoff.

Compared to last week's Survey USA poll, Nunn has gained ground among men. She still trails men by 3%, but five weeks ago, she was trailed among men by 19%. She also saw improvement among independents, 6 points behind Perdue instead of the 28 points in August. Nunn as lead Greater Atlanta by as little as 10 points, but now carries a solid 22-point lead.

The Governor's race between Republican incumbent Nathan Deal and Democrat challenger Jason Carter is tied. Each candidate gets 46% of likely voters. The race has been effectively tied over the last four polls conducted by Survey USA. Deal maintains 63% of the white vote. Carter now gets 83% of the black vote, his highest to date. Libertarian Andrew Hunt pulls in 4%, which could trigger a January 2015 runoff.

Candidates for Governor and Senate participated in a debatesince Survey USA conducted its last poll. More than 2,000 people attended the rowdy debate. Early voting started Monday at selected locations across Georgia.

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Other Poll Results:

-For School Superintendent, Democrat Valarie Wilson has today caught Republican Richard Woods, 46% Wilson, 46% Woods.
-For Attorney General, Democrat Greg Hecht continues to make inroads against Republican Sam Olens, and today trails Olens by just 3 points, 46% to 43%.
-For Lieutenant Governor of Georgia, Republican Casey Cagle today is 7 points ahead of Democrat Connie Stokes, 49% to 42%. -Cagle has never trailed.
-For Secretary of State, Republican Brian Kemp today leads Democrat Doreen Carter 48% to 41%. Kemp has never trailed.