5:01 PM, Feb 20, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The 2014 Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Georgia remains effectively tied up among the five top candidates, according to a new poll. Businessman David Perdue, a first-time candidate and cousin of former governor Sonny Perdue, has the lead with 12.7 percent, the Daily Caller reports.
Four other candidates running for the Senate--former secretary of state Karen Handel and congressmen Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, and Jack Kingston--are not far behind and all bunched together. Broun and Kingston each get 10.9 percent, while Gingrey gets 10.4 percent and Handel 10.2 percent. According to the poll, available here, 42.9 percent of primary voters are undecided.
Perdue, who started the race with the least name recognition, has been on air in Georgia with the first TV ad of the cycle, in which he compares his Republican rivals to babies.
THE WEEKLY STANDARD recently talked to all five Republican candidates, who are seeking to replace retiring Republican Saxby Chambliss. Here's an excerpt:
With three months before the May 20 primary, there’s no frontrunner. No one is likely to win 50 percent in the crowded primary field, and there’s no safe bet on which candidates have the best chance of making it into the runoff. One early poll shows all the candidates clustered together, with none getting more than 20 percent support.
“This is a very unique race,” says Eric Tanenblatt, a Georgia GOP veteran and onetime chief of staff to Sonny Perdue, the former governor. The uncertainty of the primary is beginning to worry some Republicans. If the party fails to coalesce around a winning candidate, Michelle Nunn, the moderate Democrat and daughter of former senator Sam Nunn, could pull off an upset. Losing Georgia would put Republicans further away from winning the Senate in a year when many incumbent Democrats are in trouble.
2:22 PM, Feb 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Senate candidate Tom Cotton has a four-point lead over incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor in a new poll of the Arkansas race. According to the new Impact Management Group poll, 46 percent of likely Arkansas voters said they would support Cotton, the first-term congressman from Dardanelle, and 42 percent said they'd vote for Pryor.
9:07 AM, Feb 12, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll of likely Alaska voters finds incumbent Democratic senator Mark Begich leading a potential Republican challenger by 12 points with the inclusion of an independent candidate. Begich, who was first elected in 2008 over scandal-plagued Republican Ted Stevens, has 45 percent support in the Hayes poll, while one Republican candidate, former attorney general Dan Sullivan, gets 33 percent.
8:01 AM, Feb 7, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Obamacare is extremely unpopular in Colorado, according to a new Quinnipiac poll, and that looks like trouble for the state's senior senator, first-term Democrat Mark Udall. In its survey of registered voters in Colorado, Quinnipiac found that 60 percent oppose the health-care law, and only 37 percent support it. Those who oppose Obamacare in Colorado include 68 percent of independents, 53 percent of women, and 61 percent of young adults under the age of 30.
Bevin, not McConnell, leads Democrat in new poll.12:08 PM, Feb 3, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Mitch McConnell, the Republican senator from Kentucky and Senate minority leader, is tied with the leading Democratic candidate, secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes, in the race, according to a new poll from Rasmussen Reports. McConnell's Republican primary challenger Matt Bevin, meanwhile, leads Grimes by four points.
10:01 AM, Jan 31, 2014 • By JAY COST
Another poll shows Hillary Clinton leading the pack of would-be Democratic nominees by an outsized margin. This one is courtesy of ABC News-Washington Post, which has her at 73 percent support among would-be Democratic voters—with Joe Biden trailing at just 12 percent.
What to make of this?
1:13 PM, Jan 30, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A poll of New Hampshire voters from Purple Strategies shows how the various potential presidential candidates are faring two years before the traditional first primary. But of more immediate concern is the 2014 race for the U.S.
11:25 AM, Jan 14, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Good news. Joy Wilke at Gallup reports that Americans are feeling increasingly upbeat. Recent polling data indicates that:
9:04 AM, Jan 13, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll conducted on behalf of the Conservative Intelligence Briefing shows Michigan Republican Terri Lynn Land leading Democrat Gary Peters in the race for the U.S. Senate among likely voters. Here's more:
11:50 AM, Jan 2, 2014 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
Two days after Christmas I found myself in a doctor's office in New Jersey at eight o'clock in the morning. As I sat in the waiting room, a middle-aged woman came in and began a discussion with the receptionist. It seemed that her daughter, who would turn 26 on December 31, was trying to figure out what to do about health insurance.
10:48 AM, Jan 2, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Government, we are told by those who evangelize for more of it, is the “things we choose to do together.” If so, then “we" don’t appear to be so happy with the job we have been collectively doing. As Rebecca Shabad at the Hill reports, a recent poll done by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that:
8:29 AM, Dec 11, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The latest national opinion poll show Barack Obama continuing to receive low marks from the American people, just over a year after his reelection. The poll, commissioned by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, found that 54 percent of Americans disapprove of the job Obama is doing as president, a record high for his term in office, while 43 percent say they approve.
10:04 AM, Dec 6, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
With more than two months into its implementation, most Americans want to see the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, repealed or scaled back, according to a new poll from Gallup. In a survey conducted earlier this week, 20 percent of adults said they want to scale back the health care law, while 32 percent want to see the law repealed entirely for a total of 52 percent.