By Elaine Owen, Editor ~~
Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams are running for Georgia’s top statewide office. Abrams is seeking to become the nation’s first African-American female governor in history, while Kemp is aiming to maintain the GOP’s stronghold on the office that it’s enjoyed since 2002. National Democrats also hope that Georgia will become a swing state, as the nation’s midterm elections are widely being seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump’s controversial White House administration.
A newly released poll in Georgia’s nationally watched governor’s race shows Republican Brian Kemp leading among voters 65 and older and Democrat Stacey Abrams holding a 9-point advantage among women voters. The race has attracted international attention as Abrams seeks to become the nation’s first African-American female governor and Kemp is aiming to maintain GOP control in a state that Donald Trump won in his 2016 presidential election.
Overall, the WSB/Landmark Communications poll shows Kemp at 48 percent to Abrams’ 46.3 percent, with more than 3 percent undecided.
Earlier in the week, an NBC News/Survey Monkey Online Poll showed Abrams and Kemp tied at 43 percent, with 14 percent of voters undecided. The poll also showed voters in Southern states are likely to vote Republican in this fall’s midterm elections except in Georgia, where 47 percent said they would vote for the Democratic candidate in Congress and 44 percent would vote for the GOP candidate.
The poll also showed while a majority of adults in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee approve of President Donald Trump’s job performance, 54 percent of Georgians disapprove of the way Trump is handing his job. Only 28 percent of Southerners approve of the way Congress is handling its job and 70 percent disapprove. Voters in Georgia, along with Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, think the economy and jobs should be the most important priority.
WSB-2 Atlanta’s latest poll shows the race to become Georgia’s next governor is VERY close!@BrianKempGA – 48.0%@staceyabrams – 46.3%@tedmetz – 2.3%
Undecided – 3.4% (copied from Twitter).
Kemp and Abrams have agreed to debate Nov. 4, LIVE on Channel 2.
The race for lieutenant governor is also close. According to the latest polls, Geoff Duncan is at 48.2 percent and Sarah Riggs Amico is at 45.6 percent.
Early voting begins Oct. 15. More than 9,000 absentee ballots have already been cast.
Georgia voters can check their registration status as well as find out where they can vote early through the Georgia Secretary of State’s My Voter Page at https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do