Poll: Biden, Trump virtually tied in Georgia

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The White House race is virtually tied in Georgia eight days from Election Day, according to a new survey of the southern battleground that shows similarly close contests for the state’s two Senate seats.

An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll released Monday reports that 47 percent of Georgia likely voters prefer Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and 46 percent favor President Donald Trump.

An additional 3 percent of likely voters support Libertarian presidential nominee Jo Jorgensen, while 4 percent still remain undecided.

Biden’s 1-point advantage over the president falls within the survey’s margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The previous version of the poll, conducted last month, showed both Biden and Trump with 47 percent support among the state’s likely voters.

According to a RealClearPolitics average of Georgia surveys conducted from Oct. 8-23, Biden is 0.7 percentage points ahead of Trump in general election polling.

Trump won Georgia’s 16 Electoral College votes by 5.7 percentage points in 2016. Republican presidential candidates have carried Georgia in every election since 1992, when Democrat Bill Clinton was victorious there.

The latest AJC poll, conducted by the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs, also shows that the race for incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue’s seat is essentially a toss-up.

Democrat Jon Ossoff is supported by 46 percent of likely voters, while 45 percent support Perdue, one of the most vulnerable Senate Republicans seeking reelection.

Another 4 percent of likely voters support Libertarian Shane Hazel, and 5 percent are undecided.

In the special election for incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s seat, a plurality of likely voters surveyed — 34 percent — support Democrat Raphael Warnock. Republican challenger Doug Collins has the support of 21 percent of likely voters, and 20 percent support Loeffler. An additional 3 percent of likely voters support Libertarian Brian Slowinski, and 14 percent are undecided.

The race for Loeffler’s seat is a special, jungle-style election with a total of 21 candidates on the ballot. If no single candidate wins a majority on Election Day, the race’s top two vote-getters will face one another in a runoff on Jan. 5, 2021.

The AJC poll was conducted Oct. 14-23, surveying 1,145 Georgia likely voters with a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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