Congressman opens up big lead in Ga. GOP Senate runoff


McClatchy Washington Bureau

While the political world focuses on Mississippi’s Republican Senate runoff election June 24, there’s another big runoff coming in the South--the Georgia Republican Senate race, where Rep. Jack Kingston has opened up a big lead.

An InsiderAdvantage survey found Kingston ahead of businessman David Perdue, 46 percent to 35 percent. The survey, weighted for age, race and gender, was taken June 10 and 11. Margin of error is plus or minus 4.9 percentage points. The runoff will be held July 22.

Kingston and Perdue were 1-2 in a multi-candidate field in the first primary, defeating candidates backed by the tea party movement. Still, the race is a Washington insider vs. outsider contest, and despite the big lead, Kingston’s fortunes could turn.

Matt Towery, InsiderAdvantage analyst, said that important demographic groups, like women and voters over 65, are more evenly split. There’s also a big undecided bloc.

“We conducted this survey before and after the defeat of Rep. Eric Cantor in Virginia and the undecided vote started to increase after Cantor suffered his loss. Whether the Cantor loss will somehow impact the Georgia race remains to be seen,” Towery said..

Cantor was upset by economics professor David Brat in the Republican primary for a Virginia House seat.

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