Poll: Abrams and Kemp are virtually tied in Georgia governor’s raceBaltimore Post-Examiner

Abrams and Kemp are virtually tied in Georgia governor’s race, poll finds

WASHINGTON – Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp are virtually tied in the Georgia governor’s race, according to a poll released Friday.

The Channel 2 Action News/Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll found that 46.9 percent of the respondents said they support Abrams, compared with 46.7 percent who said they support Kemp. Meanwhile, 1.6 percent said they support Libertarian candidate Ted Metz and 4.8 percent said they are not sure whom they support.

Female voters said they prefer Abrams 53.4 percent to 38.9 percent, while male voters said they prefer Kemp 54.5 percent to 40.5 percent.

The sampling included 1,091 likely voters and was carried out Oct. 21-30. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The presence of a virtual tie increases the likelihood that a runoff election will be held in December. Georgia law requires a runoff if neither candidate meets the 50 percent vote threshold.

Last week an NBC News/Marist poll showed Kemp leading Abrams by 2 percentage points.

Abrams, 44, served as minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives from 2011-17. If elected, Abrams would become the first African-American female governor in the nation.

Kemp, 55, has served as Georgia’s secretary of state since 2010. He is a staunch conservative.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) (sos.ga.gov)

The final days of the campaign have seen high-profile public figures stumping for both candidates throughout the state.

On Thursday Vice President Mike Pence held a rally for Kemp in Dalton and media mogul Oprah Winfrey held a rally for Abrams in Marietta.

Pence attempted to downplay the significance of Winfrey’s celebrity status, telling the crowd: “I’m kind of a big deal too.”

Winfrey delivered an impassioned speech explaining her decision to campaign for Abrams.

“I’m here today because of the men and because of the women who were lynched, who were humiliated, who were discriminated against, who were suppressed, who were repressed and oppressed … I refuse to let their sacrifices be in vain,” she said.

Winfrey shot down reports that she is planning to run for president.

“I don’t want to run, OK? I’m not trying to test any waters,” she said.

Georgia is reliably Republican. The state has not elected a Democrat governor since 1998. President Donald Trump carried Georgia by more than five points in 2016.

However, migration and immigration have slowly begun to weaken the Republican stronghold on Georgia politics.

The Atlanta metropolitan area is diverse and makes up about half of Georgia’s population. Republican strength lies primarily in rural areas of the state.

This article is republished with permission from Talk Media News 


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Bryan Renbaum

Bryan is a reporter and political columnist with Baltimore Post-Examiner and has broken multiple stories involving athletic scandals. He has been interviewed by ABC's Good Morning America as well as Baltimore area radio stations. Bryan has both covered and worked in the Maryland General Assembly and is extremely knowledgeable of politics, voting patterns and American history. In addition to his regular duties, Bryan freelances for several publications and performs investigative research. He has a B.A. in Political Science. Contact the author.
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