11Alive poll: Kingston, Deal lead in election races

ATLANTA -- An 11Alive news poll shows Rep. Jack Kingston with a strong lead in the Republican US Senate runoff. He faces businessman David Perdue, who won the May 20 primary but didn't get enough votes to avoid a runoff. Kingston came in second in the primary.

The SurveyUSA poll of 419 likely GOP runoff voters has Kingston with 52 percent of the vote. Perdue has 41 percent. 7 percent are undecided. The poll was conducted by phone June 3-5. The poll has a margin of error of 3.2 percent.

Click here to view the full data. GOP voters will vote in the runoff July 22.

The same poll shows Republican Gov. Nathan Deal leading Democratic Sen. Jason Carter 44-38 percent. Libertarian Andrew Hunt got 7 percent. 11 percent of respondents said they were undecided.

Since the primary Kingston, the 20-year congressman from Savannah, has gotten endorsements from two of his former opponents, Rep. Phil Gingrey and former Secretary of State Karen Handel.

The Senate race is the first run for political office for Perdue. He has the backing of his cousin, former Gov. Sonny Perdue.

The poll shows either Republican, Perdue or Kingston, would beat Democrat Michelle Nunn in November. Kingston would win 43-37; Perdue would win 43-38.

The poll is the first SurveyUSA poll since Deal easily beat two opponents in the GOP primary. The survey shows Carter has strong support in the Atlanta area, and among young voters. Deal wins with voters over older than 35, and outside of Atlanta.


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