A new poll of Georgia voters found the likely Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate is slightly ahead of four the candidates in the crowded GOP primary. PPP, working on behalf of the liberal group Americans United For Change, found that Democrat Michelle Nunn leads Republican congressmen Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, and Jack Kingston, as well as former secretary of state and gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel.
Nunn's closest competitor is Broun, who polls 41 percent to Nunn's 42 percent. Kingston gets 40 percent to Nunn's 42 percent, while Gingrey and Handel both poll four points behind Nunn, (45 percent to 41 percent against Gingrey, 44 percent to 40 percent against Handel). The poll did not ask about a fifth Republican candidate, businessman David Perdue.
The candidates are running to replace retiring senator Saxby Chambliss, a two-term Republican. Nunn, the daughter of former senator Sam Nunn, is the most high-profile Democrat running for her party's nomination.
Polling on the race has been scant so far, with an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll earlier this month simply asking about the candidates' favorability. Among each candidate, Karen Handel had the highest favorability (39 percent) and unfavorability (24 percent). Nunn's favorability, according to the AJC poll, was at 31 percent, but she was also the least known candidate, with 33 percent of those polled saying they had never heard of her.