Some big news today out of Georgia:
The race for Georgia governor couldn’t be closer just two months before the election, as an Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll showed Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp deadlocked at 45 percent.
The poll of likely November voters showed the two rivals are fighting to win over a sliver of the electorate: Just 8 percent of the respondents were undecided, and an additional 2 percent support Libertarian Ted Metz.
The close nature of the race could be an indicator of the enthusiasm mounting behind Democrats trying to flip the state’s top office for the first time since 2002, propelled by Abrams’ embrace of progressive issues in her bid to become the nation’s first black woman elected governor.
But Democrats need only to look to the last statewide election for a cautionary tale. Jason Carter was also tied with Republican Gov. Nathan Deal in several polls at this stage of the race in 2014, only to fall behind as GOP candidates gained strength in the final stretch.
The poll also points to the limits of President Donald Trump’s popularity in the state. Trump won Georgia by 5 percentage points in 2016 and his surprise endorsement in July helped fuel Kemp’s runaway runoff victory, but his approval ratings are underwater in Georgia.
About 42 percent of likely Georgia voters approve of his performance in the White House, compared with 51 percent who disapprove. Roughly 7 percent didn’t know or refused to answer the survey, which was the second AJC poll this year to show Trump’s approval ratings below 50 percent in Georgia.
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