Perdue and Deal top rivals in poll

An InsiderAdvantage survey shows Perdue leading Nunn by 7, Deal up on Carter by 4.

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A new poll gives Republican Senate nominee David Perdue a formidable lead in the race for Georgia’s open Senate seat.

Conducted by InsiderAdvantage and on behalf of Fox 5, it shows the former Dollar General CEO leading Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn by a seven-point margin, 47-40. Libertarian Amanda Swafford claimed 8 percent, while the remaining respondents were undecided.

A release from InsiderAdvantage termed Perdue’s lead as “solid.”

The poll also showed governor Nathan Deal with a slightly smaller lead over Jason Carter, 43-39 percent. Libertarian candidate Andrew Hunt drew 7 percent. The remaining 11 percent said they’d yet to make a decision, more than doubling the share of undecided voters compared to the Senate race.

It’s the first poll to show Carter below 40 percent in some time.

Some 719 likely voters were surveyed and the poll has a 3.7 percent margin of error.

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