John Oxendine (L) and Karen Handel
ATLANTA -- With less than two weeks until the Georgia Primary Election, a new 11Alive/V103 poll shows some shifting of positions of the Republican candidates for governor as compared to our last poll three weeks ago.
While John Oxendine continues to hold a comfortable lead over other GOP candidates with 32 percent of respondents saying they would vote for him, Karen Handel is challenging him for the female vote. Also, there is a trend of seniors moving toward Handel as well as Eric Johnson. All three candidates have increased visibility with television ads airing across the state. At this point, Oxendine does not appear to have enough momentum to prevent him getting into a runoff. Handel's overall tally of 23 percent looks like it may catapult her into a potential runoff with Oxendine.
Johnson (12 percent) and Nathan Deal (12 percent) are also making overall inroads among Republican voters. Ray McBerry (5 percent), Jeff Chapman (4 percent) and Otis Putnam (1 percent) round out the Republican field, with a significant 10 percent still saying they are undecided.
In the Democratic race, former governor Roy Barnes continues to hold a more-than-50 percent lead (56 percent), state Attorney General Thurbert Baker sits at a distant second with 18 percent - though that is an increase from his 13 percent in the earlier poll. All of the other challengers remain in single digits. The undecided vote is at 9 percent in that race.
In the Democratic Senate race, state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond held sway over 64 percent of respondents, pretty much making him the nominee, to go up against Johnny Isakson in the November General Election.
In the Democratic Lieutenant Governor's race, Democratic candidate Carol Porter holds a 48 percent to 22 percent lead over challenger Tricia Carpenter McCracken, but nearly a third of voters responding said they are not sure who they will vote for.
In the Republican race for State School Superintendent, Richard Woods holds a slim lead over John Barge (34 percent to 28 percent), but more than a third of respondents said they are undecided.
The margin is a little bit larger in the Democratic race, with Joe Martin leading at 35 percent to Brian Westlake's 21 percent and Beth Farokhi's 13 percent. 30 percent of voters are undecided in that race.