Monday, May 4, 2009

GA-Sen, GA-Gov: Isakson Surprisingly Weak, Gov Race A Tossup

Research 2000's latest poll takes us to the great state of Georgia, and tests several possible matchups for the United States Senate race (featuring incumbent Republican Johnny Isakson) and the gubernatorial race (featuring a cast of thousands).

Johnny Isakson (R-inc) 47
Roy Barnes (D) 43

Johnny Isakson (R-inc) 48
Jim Marshall (D) 40

Speaking of the Governor's race, they polled that, too. We pitted Republicans John Oxendine (state Insurance Commissioner) and Karen Handel (Secretary of State) against Democrats Barnes, Thurbert Baker (Attorney General), and David Poythress (former Secretary of State and Labor Commissioner).

John Oxendine (R) 46
Roy Barnes (D) 44

John Oxendine (R) 47
Thurbert Baker (D) 42

John Oxendine (R) 47
David Poythress (D) 43


Roy Barnes (D) 45
Karen Handel (R) 39

Thurbert Baker (D) 42
Karen Handel (R) 40

David Poythress (D) 43
Karen Handel (R) 39

All three Democrats trail Oxendine by a little bit, and lead Handel by a little bit. It looks like all of the non-stop campaigning by David Poythress is starting to pay off. Poythress name I.D. was his biggest hurdle, but now with polls showing him leading Karen Handel & trailing John Oxendine by 4%, Poythress is now the darkhorse candidate in the democratic field.

Public Policy Poll back in November had Thurbert Baker with 39% to Isakson 45% & Jim Marshall with 38% to Isakson 47%.


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