Within the past three days, three dueling polls have been released on the crowded Republican primary for Georgia’s open Senate seat.
The first, conducted by SurveyUSA, showed businessman David Perdue leading Rep. Jack Kingston by a 6-point margin, 26-20%. They were followed by former Secretary of State Karen Handel at 15, Rep. Paul Broun at 11, and Rep. Phil Gingrey at 6.
That poll was conducted from April 24-27. From April 27-29 another poll, this one by InsiderAdvantage, was also in the field.
Released today, it again showed Perdue in the lead, this time with 22 percent. However, Handel claimed second with 21 to Kingston’s 17. Broun clocked in at 14 percent.
Gingrey, meanwhile, doubled his share of support, drawing 12 percent. Handel, too, tallied 6 percentage points higher in InsiderAdvantage’s survey of voters.
It’s an outlier, too, in that it was the first poll over the last few months to show Kingston not claiming a runoff spot in a race surely headed that direction.
Within the hour, his campaign leaked an internal poll of its own. It showed the longtime congressman leading with 20 percent, to Perdue’s 17. Handel was in third, but her 14 percent was a lesser total than she showed in either of the two earlier polls.
Meanwhile, Perdue still maintains a 5.3 percentage point edge in the Real Clear Politics average for the race, having led every poll released publicly since February, sans the Kingston internal survey.
Just nineteen days remain until the May 20th primary.