Rep. John Barrow would severely underperform a slate of possible Democratic primary opponents to replace Sen. Saxby Chambliss, according to a new automated phone survey that measured the partisan appetite for seven potential candidates.
Barrow notched only single-digit support in a hypothetical field that included Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, former Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond and former Attorney General Thurbert Baker. Other lesser-known quantities polled: State Sen. Jason Carter, the grandson of the former president; State Rep. Stacey Abrams, the House minority leader; and former State. Rep. Dubose Porter.
At 6.9 percent support, the blue dog trailed Reed, both former statewide officers, a sizable block of undecideds and “someone else.”
In a coy statement earlier this week, Barrow said he had no plans “at this time” to pursue a promotion to the senate. And if his numbers don’t improve opposite the six dwarves, don’t expect his posture to shift.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed claimed a narrow plurality of 25.6 percent while nearly another quarter of respondents were fully undecided, an expected consequence of the field’s limited name identification.
The survey, fielded last Friday by a pair of boutique southern consulting firms, included more than 1,200 respondents who had voted in at least two of the four most recent Democratic primary contests. Full results here.
- James Richardson