Rumblings that state Senator Jason Carter is mulling a bid to unseat Governor Nathan Deal have sparked interest across the board, leading one progressive group to commission a poll of their own.

A Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey of 602 registered Georgia voters, conducted on behalf of Better Georgia, shows the incumbent Republican besting Jimmy Carter’s grandson by a narrow 44-40 percent margin.

That signifies an uptick for Carter, who trailed Deal 48-33 in PPP’s last Georgia poll, conducted in August.

In correlation with a closer hypothetical matchup, the governor’s approval rating has dipped to 34 percent, having stood at 44 percent in the aforementioned survey.

A release accompanying the poll attributed Carter’s narrowing the gap to women voters, with the Decatur Democrat having support from 43 percent surveyed, compared to 37 percent for Deal. Party-wise, the poll broke evenly between Democrats and Republicans, 38 percent each and the remaining percentage Independent voters.

Deal won election in 2010 with 53 percent of the vote, with the remaining statewide GOP candidates tallying from 51-59 percent, leading some GOPers to privately question the poll on its party breakdown.

Better Georgia executive director Bryan Long tweeted #RunJasonRun earlier this week, and the group has been anything but shy when it comes to expressing dissatisfaction with Deal.

Carter himself commissioned a poll this week via the Democratic Governor’s Association, the results of which are more likely to influence his decision, though a day later said he “truly” doubted a statewide campaign was in the cards.

-Brandon Howell

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