A joint poll between Georgia-based firms Landmark Communications and Rosetta Stone Communications show Casey Cagle with an all-too-narrow lead in an unset field of potential Republican candidates who may vie to replace the retiring Saxby Chambliss in the U.S. Senate.
The lieutenant governor edges out Rep. Phil Gingrey with 17 percent to 15 percent. Rep. Jack Kingston follows with 12 percent, edging out House colleagues Reps. Tom Price and Paul Broun, who clock in with 11 and 10 percent, respectively.
State Senator Ross Tolleson, who’s name recognition would be considerably lower coming out the gate, clocks in at fifth place with 2 percent support from those surveyed.
As was the case with recent polling data, ‘Undecided’ still rules the roost with 33 percent.
“If Lt. Governor Cagle decides to run he would initially lead the pack because he has statewide name recognition,” stated Landmark President Mark Rountree. “However we also found that, based on our poll question regarding of his job approval, voters don’t know as much about him beyond name recognition. That’s normal for a down ticket elected official.”
John Garst, who heads Rosetta Stone Communications, noted that Price leads the pack amongst Metro Atlanta voters, though the media release did not specify by what margin.
Following initial reports that he had put a poll in the field to test his viability, Cagle’s camp has been virtually silent on whether or not he intended to launch a bid for the open seat.
The lieutenant governor himself recently told the AJC that his focus was on the current session of the Georgia General Assembly, saying that his plate is “full right now.”
To date, Rep. Paul Broun remains the only formally announced candidate in the still-developing primary field.
Multiple outlets recently reported that Gingrey is set on mounting a statewide campaign and Kingston told a gathering of Forsyth County Republicans that his intentions were to pursue the seat, though he stopped short of a formal announcement.
Price, who was an oft-rumored potential primary opponent for Chambliss, was expected to be one of the first announced candidates but has opted to instead delay his decision until May.