Some very good news today out of Georgia courtesy of Quinnipiac University’s latest poll. First, the Senate races:
SENATE RACE: PERDUE VS. OSSOFF
Republican incumbent Senator David Perdue, who is seeking a second term, is essentially tied with Democrat Jon Ossoff, as 49 percent of likely voters go to Ossoff and 48 percent go to Perdue. Republicans support Perdue 97 – 2 percent, Democrats support Ossoff 96 – 2 percent, and independents support Ossoff 53 – 43 percent.
Likely voters have a favorable view of Ossoff, 45 – 38 percent, but are split on Perdue, with 45 percent saying favorable and 44 percent saying unfavorable.
“The Perdue-Ossoff race: expensive, combative, consequential, and a virtual tie. This Georgia race looms as one of several that could shift the balance of power in the U.S. Senate,” said Malloy.
SENATE SPECIAL ELECTION
In the crowded special election Senate race for the seat held by Republican Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed last December, the top three candidates are Democrat Raphael Warnock with 31 percent, Loeffler at 23 percent, and Republican Doug Collins at 22 percent.
If no candidate has a majority on Election Day, there will be a runoff in early January among the top two candidates.
“The special election gets a special and powerful endorsement. Will the Obama stamp of approval for Raphael Warnock winnow down a multi-candidate scrum and propel him to the runoff? Georgia is providing Senate race drama times two,” added Malloy.
Overall, voters are divided when it comes to which party they want to see win control of the United States Senate, with 49 percent saying the Democratic party and 48 percent saying the Republican party.
By the way, Warnock scored a big endorsement today:
Former President and Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter announced his endorsement of the Rev. Raphael Warnock.“During these difficult times, our nation must continue to march towards progress while holding fast to our American values of equality, justice and economic opportunity for all. Reverend Warnock knows the struggles Georgians are facing in this unique crisis — families losing health care, shuttered rural hospitals and record unemployment — all in the middle of a pandemic,” President Carter said. “I am pleased to support his campaign to be our next U.S. Senator, because I know he will be the voice Georgians need in Washington to ensure every child and every family has an opportunity to thrive.”
This comes days after former President Barack Obama also endorsed Warnock.
And over in the presidential election:
The race for the White House in Georgia is too close to call with 50 percent of likely voters supporting former Vice President Joe Biden and 47 percent supporting President Trump, according to a Quinnipiac (KWIN- uh-pea-ack) University poll of likely voters released today.
Republicans back Trump 97 – 3 percent, Democrats back Biden 98 percent, and independents back Biden 51 – 42 percent. There are wide gaps among gender and race. Men support Trump 56 – 41 percent, while women support Biden 57 – 39 percent. Black voters support Biden 89 – 7 percent, while white voters support Trump 67 – 31 percent. Broken down by education, Trump's support is divided among white voters with a college degree, 51 – 46 percent, and he has a strong lead among white voters without a college degree, 76 – 23 percent.
Ninety-seven percent of likely voters who selected a candidate in the presidential match up say their minds are made up, and 2 percent say they may change their minds.
“It was Trump by 5 points in 2016 but it's a nail biter in 2020. Can Biden be the first Democrat since Bill Clinton to turn Georgia blue?” said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy.
Both candidates receive mixed favorability ratings. Forty-nine percent of likely voters give Biden an unfavorable rating, while 48 percent say favorable. Trump gets 51 percent unfavorable and 47 percent favorable.
VOTING IN 2020
Forty-two percent of voters who haven't already voted in Georgia think they will vote in person on Election Day, 32 percent say they think they will vote at an early voting location, and 23 percent say they will vote by mail or absentee ballot.
Let’s keep up the momentum and flip Georgia Blue. Click below to donate and get involved with Ossoff, Warnock, Biden, and their fellow Georgia Democrats campaigns: