Poll: Republican Kemp has less than two-point lead in Georgia governor's race
September 16, 2020
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) has a narrow lead against former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives Stacey Abrams (D) in the state’s gubernatorial race to replace retiring Gov. Nathan Deal (R).
Kemp has a 48-46.3 advantage over Abrams in a poll from Landmark Communications, Inc. released Monday, a difference that falls within the margin of error. About 2.3 percent of likely voters in the survey supported Libertarian candidate Ted Metz.
The survey follows a poll from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News last month that also showed a tight race with the difference in support between the candidates within the margin of error.
The election represents a battle of the bases after both Kemp and Stacey defeated more establishment candidates in Georgia’s primary earlier this year.
Kemp has tied himself closely to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE, who endorsed him before the primary, and has released controversial ads touting hard-line positions on hot button issues.
Brian Kemp is running for Governor of the great state of Georgia. The Primary is on Tuesday. Brian is tough on crime, strong on the border and illegal immigration. He loves our Military and our Vets and protects our Second Amendment. I give him my full and total endorsement.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2018
“I got a big truck just in case I need to round up criminal illegals and take them home myself. Yup, I just said that,” he says in one ad.
He also released an ad in which he points a gun at an actor playing a teenage boy with a romantic interest in one of his daughters. The video was criticized for being insensitive toward a trend of school shootings.
I’m a conservative businessman with a 4-Point Plan to put hardworking Georgians first. I’m also the proud father of 3 teenage girls. Here’s the thing: If you want to date one of my daughters, you better have respect for women & a healthy appreciation for the 2nd Amendment. #gapol pic.twitter.com/dQvvfk06Rh
— Brian Kemp (@BrianKempGA) April 27, 2018
Abrams, on the other hand, has ingratiated herself with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and gathered endorsements from groups such as MoveOn.org Political Action and Our Revolution.
She’s also gathered endorsements from more establishment candidates such as former Presidents Carter and Obama and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, with whom she will be campaigning on Thursday.
The Cook Political Report rates the race as a “toss up.”
Landmark Communications, Inc. surveyed 964 likely Georgia voters on October 1. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.