An internal publicized Monday by Mike Collins’s congressional campaign pegs him with a narrow lead in the race to replace Rep. Paul Broun, though ‘Undecided’ still takes the lion’s share in the crowded GOP field.
Though the businessman and son of former Rep. Mac Collins leads the six-person race, he fails to crack 20 percent support. Conducted by Rosetta Stone Communications, the survey pegs Collins with 17 percent, compared to 14 percent for Jody Hice.
Former state Rep. Donna Sheldon tallied behind the two with 4 percent while both Stephen Simpson and Gary Gerrard clocked in with 3 percent. Tea Party activist Brian Slowinski notched just 1 percent in the poll.
Simpson is seeking the seat for second time; he mounted a 2012 primary challenge to Broun only to be vanquished handily. Hice has also sought a spot in Congress before, having been defeated by now-Rep. Rob Woodall in a GOP runoff for the 7th district in 2010.
Meanwhile, ‘Undecided’ outpaced the field by a wide margin, with 58 percent of the 626 likely primary voters surveyed saying they’d yet to settle on a candidate.
Though the poll pegged Hice second, the release touting the numbers appears to indicate it’s Sheldon the Collins campaign has their sights set on, noting her to be “the only former elected official in the race” and giving her an 8 percent favorability rating.
At another point, it specifically states that 56 percent of respondents indicated “they preferred a ‘successful business owner’ to a ‘state legislator,’” with no such mentions made of other opponents.
Sheldon has thus far outpaced the field in fundraising, having hauled in over $300,000 and having roughly $129,000 hand as of the October 30th disclosure. Collins paced second there, trailing her in cash on hand by around $15,000.
Specific questions asked were not included in the release.