Democrat Jon Ossoff is leading Republican Karen Handel by 7 points in Georgia’s House special election, according to a new poll, 51 percent to 44 percent.
Ossoff is attracting support from 13 percent of Republicans, while Handel is getting 3 percent of Democrats, according to the poll. The survey also has Ossoff getting 50 percent of independents.
Five percent in the the Atlanta Journal-Constitution survey released Friday remain undecided in the nationally watched race to replace former Rep. Tom Price (R), who left to become President Trump’s Health and Human Services secretary.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution conducted its latest survey of 1,000 likely voters via interviews from June 5 to 8. It has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.
On Thursday, Ossoff announced that he had set a new fundraising record — bringing in $23 million so far.
The WSB-TV 2 / Landmark Communications Poll from yesterday shows Ossoff got a slight bump over Handel after his debate performance Tuesday night.
The new poll shows 49.6 percent of the 420 likely voters polled June 6-7 said they would vote for Ossoff, a half-point increase from last week’s poll.
On the other side, 47.1 percent said they would vote for Handel, a half-point decrease from last week.
But with 3.3 percent undecided and a margin of error of 4.78 percent, Landmark Communications pollster Mark Rountree said the race remains too close to call.
During the debate, Handel said she doesn’t support a livable wage.
Click here to watch the full debate, which was hosted by WSB-TV 2.
“It’s still definitely a dead heat,” Rountree said. “Nothing has changed in the scheme of the whole campaign. Nothing has changed in the sense that this really does come down to getting out the vote.”
Read below to see the the full findings of the exclusive WSB poll:
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Rountree points out that more than half of the 420 likely voters polled said they watched the debate, which he said was a huge number.
The poll shows Republicans and Democrats watched it almost evenly.
When asked who they thought won, 50.8 percent thought Ossoff did, while 36.9 percent thought Handel came out on top. Only 12.3 percent thought it was a tie.
“I think this is a bump,” said Rountree. “Most viewers felt that Ossoff won the debate. Jon Ossoff had an edge. It’s not an overwhelming victory, but it was enough to cause a slight edge for him in the poll.”
According to PredictIt.com, Ossoff has about a 60 percent chance to win the race.
If Ossoff wins, then he would become the first Democrat to serve the 6th district in the U.S. House of Representatives since John Flynt Jr. was elected in 1965.
Early voting in the Sixth Congressional race is already underway. Election Day is June 20.