Deal Has Solid Lead In Georgia Governor’s Race

Coming off his razor-thin Republican Primary runoff win on Tuesday, former Congressman Nathan Deal earns better than 50% support against Democrat Roy Barnes in Georgia’s race for governor.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Georgia Voters finds Deal with 51% of the vote versus Barnes’ 42%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and another three percent (3%) are undecided.

These new findings move Georgia from a Toss-Up to Leans GOP in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.

Last month, Deal posted a 49% to 43% lead over Barnes, who previously served as governor from 1999 to 2003. Deal has held a small lead over Barnes in surveys since March, earning 43% to 49% of the vote. Support for Barnes in those same surveys has ranged from 39% to 43%.

Republicans seem to have come together quickly following Deal’s 50.2% to 49.8% runoff win this week over Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, who quickly endorsed the victor. Deal earns 92% support from Republicans in the state. Eighty-eight percent (88%) of Georgia Democrats back Barnes. Voters not affiliated with either major party prefer the Republican by a 56% to 33% margin.

The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Georgia was conducted on August 11, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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