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Michelle Nunn Competitive in Early Polling for Senate Race in GA

From Jim Galloway’s ‘Political Insider’ post, “New poll: Michelle Nunn matches GOP field in U.S. Senate race” at the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Michelle Nunn begins her Democratic race for U.S. Senate polling ahead of, or tied with, the entire Republican field – but does especially well against U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, according to Public Policy Polling….
The all-important top lines:
Nunn, 41 percent; Broun, 36 percent; Not sure, 23 percent.
Nunn, 41 percent; U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, 41 percent; Not sure, 18 percent.
Nunn, 42 percent; The Rev. Derrick Grayson, 36 percent; Not sure, 22 percent.
Nunn, 40 percent; Former secretary of state Karen Handel, 38 percent; Not sure, 22 percent.
Nunn, 40 percent; U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, 38 percent; Not sure, 21 percent.
Nunn, 40 percent; Businessman David Perdue, 40 percent; Not sure, 21 percent.
Nunn, 42 percent; Businessman Eugene Yu, 35 percent; Not sure, 24 percent.
…A couple things are likely to be turning heads in the Michelle Nunn camp:
— Her father, former U.S. senator Sam Nunn, is still rated favorable by 56 percent of those surveyed. White voters rated him higher, at 62 percent.
— In each of the above hypothetical match-ups, Michelle Nunn peeled away between 8 and 12 percent of those voters who voted for Mitt Romney in 2012.
Both of those are crucial points in a Georgia electorate that has been increasingly split by race over the past six voting cycles.
Another thought: In a Nunn/Handel match-up – two female statewide candidates running against each other would be a Georgia first – Nunn pulls better among women, 46 to 32 percent.

Those who want to contribute to Nunn’s campaign — and a Democratic pick-up, which could prevent a Republican majority in the U.S. Senate — can do so right here.

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