Democrat Michelle Nunn would make the general election contest to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss a highly competitive one, registering in contention with four possible Republican rivals in a new survey released Monday by a local progressive advocacy group.
Better Georgia, the upstart activist organization that has busied itself with foiling Gov. Nathan Deal’s legislative agenda but shown new interest in the Senate race with the possibly that the progressive-favored Nunn would run, says the results of a recently-fielded robopoll places the Democrat neck-and-neck with the full slate of possible GOP contenders.
Nunn, the poll finds, would lead Karen Handel, the former secretary of state who is openly considering a bid, by 8 points in a hypothetical match-up and would tie with Rep. Phil Gingrey.
She fared slightly worse against Reps. Paul Broun and Jack Kingston, trailing the former by 3 points, slightly outside the 2.4 percent margin of error, and the latter by 6.
Another Democratic poll–Better Georgia bills itself as nonpartisan, though the group’s partisan leanings are no secret–released last week by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee showed Nunn trailing Kingston by a slim one-point margin. (Republicans criticized the timing of the survey’s release, which came amid Democratic concerns the party had squandered a rare southern pickup opportunity by failing to coalesce behind blue dog Rep. John Barrow, and for not disclosing Nunn’s numbers relative to the other possible GOP nominees.)
- James Richardson