Exclusive poll: Races for Gov. and Senate tied

ATLANTA -- Election night is shaping up to include two tight races. Very, very tight. An exclusive poll commissioned by 11Alive and conducted by SurveyUSA shows the races for Governor and Senator are in a dead heat.

In the fierce fight to fill the seat vacated by Saxby Chambliss, Republican David Perdue leads Democrat Michelle Nunn by just one point: 46% to 45%. Compared to a poll conducted by SurveyUSA two weeks ago, the race changed just a bit. Perdue is down a point, Nunn is up a point. Libertarian Amanda Swafford gets 4% of the vote. Six percent of likely voters remain undecided.

In the run for Governor, incumbent Republican Nathan Deal is behind Jason Carter by one point: Carter 45%, Deal 44%. Compared to two weeks ago, Carter is up a point and Deal is down a point. Libertarian Andrew Hunt takes 4% of the vote. Seven percent remain undecided.

The slim margins in both races are within the 4.3% margin of error. Third-party candidates in both contests take just enough of the vote that, in a close general-election finish, the winner may need to also win a December 4th runoff. In Georgia, statewide offices must be won by 50% of the vote to avoid a runoff.

DIG DEEPER: See full poll results here

Other poll results include:

* In the contest for School Superintendent, Republican Richard Woods had led Democrat Valerie Wilson by 12 points 6 weeks ago, by 4 points 2 weeks ago, but leads by just 2 points today, Woods 46%, Wilson 44%.

* In the contest for Secretary of State, Republican Brian Kemp once led Democrat Doreen Carter by 17 points --- today by 2 points. Carter has made substantial inroads among women, where she had trailed by 9 and now leads by 5.

* In the contest for Lieutenant Governor, Republican Casey Cagle had led Democrat Connie Stokes by 16 points, but today leads by 4 points.

* In the contest for Attorney General of Georgia, Republican Sam Olens today leads by 7 points, largely unchanged from 2 weeks ago.


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