A new internal poll for Rep. Jack Kingston (R) conducted by McLaughlin & Associates (R) puts him atop the crowded primary field. His poll shows him taking 20% of the vote, followed by businessman David Perdue (R) at 17% and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) at 14% (April 28-29, 400 LPVs, +/- 4.9%). It also gives Kingston the highest favorability rating, at 43%. (release)
A second poll conducted by InsiderAdvantage (IVR plus Internet) shows Handel jumping into second place, essentially tied with frontrunner Perdue. The two take 22% to 21%, and Kington trails in third at 17% (April 27-29, 737 LVs, +/- 3.5%). (Fox Atlanta)
Competition for second place is notable, as the large field makes declaring a majority winner in the May 20 primary unlikely. The top two vote earners will go head to head in a July 22 primary.
OUTSIDER ADVANTAGE: Perdue is up with his second ad depicting his competition as babies, highlighting “childish” behavior in Washington. He frames the race as a simple choice between him and a group of “professional politicians.” He’s up against three current D.C. lawmakers and a former Georgia secretary of state, and has a new website titled “63 years,” the total time his opponents have spent in office.