Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R) easily led the Republican primary in a poll (Sept. 28-Oct. 1; 600 Republican LVs; +/-4%) conducted for his campaign by McLaughlin & Associates (R). Cagle collected 41 percent, with Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) coming next with 12 percent. Former state Sen. Hunter Hill (R), state Sen. Michael Williams (R), and Navy SEAL Clay Tippins (R) trailed in the single digits.
Cagle also posted a 63-7 percent job approval. Cagle is also the best known in the field, according to their favorability ratings:
Cagle: 52-9 percent
Kemp: 32-4 percent
Hill: 10-2 percent
Williams: 7-3 percent
Tippins: 5-1 percent
“Republican primary voters in Georgia have an optimistic outlook for the state, as 69% say things are headed in the ‘right direction,’ compared to 18% who say ‘wrong track.’ President Trump is extremely popular, holding an 86% job approval rating, including 65% who ‘strongly approve.’ Just 12% disapprove of the job the President is doing.” Term-limited Gov. Nathan Deal (R) “is also very well-liked, as 81% are favorable to him and only 9% are unfavorable.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)