8 WXIA-TV pre-election tracking polls ago, SurveyUSA wrote that Republicans in GA led in each of the top 6 statewide contests on the 11/04/14 General Election ballot. Though much changed over the past 12 weeks, and Democrats in a couple contests briefly overtook their GOP opponents as the campaign intensified, when all is said and done, on Election Eve, Republican candidates lead in all 6 statewide contests, and could conceivably “run the table” and win all of them.
In the nationally-significant contest for US Senator, to fill the open seat vacated by Saxby Chambliss, Republican David Perdue edges Michelle Nunn 47% to 44%. Were Perdue to win the seat by 3 percentage points, and were Libertarian Amanda Swafford to get less than 3% of the vote, a runoff would be avoided and Perdue would win the seat outright tomorrow, 11/04/14. Were Perdue to win the seat by less than 3 percentage points, and/or were Swafford to receive more than 3 percent of the vote, a January 2015 runoff would be required. Were Nunn to win the seat, and only a narrow Nunn win would be consistent with these results, that would be a significant upset. Nunn now trails among voters who have already returned a ballot, and trails among voters who say they will vote on Election Day. Nunn leads only among the youngest voters, who, in a midterm, are often the least reliable voters. Perdue leads among voters age 35+, and leads by 18 points among voters age 65+. Perdue leads 2:1 among GA whites. Nunn leads 7:1 among GA blacks. Perdue holds 91% of the Republican base. Twice as many Democrats cross-over and vote for Perdue as Republicans who cross-over and vote for Nunn. Independents split.
In the locally significant contest for Governor of GA, Democratic challenger Jason Carter falters at the finish, putting up a 42% number, his lowest poll number 8 tracking polls over the past 12 weeks. Incumbent Republican Nathan Deal puts up a 47% at the finish, his highest poll number in 12 weeks. Should these numbers hold, and should Deal win by 5 points, and/or should Libertarian Andrew Hunt be held to less than 5% of the vote, a runoff will be avoided, and Deal will win his next term tomorrow, 11/04/14. Should Deal win by fewer than 5 points and/or should Hunt get 5% or more of the vote, a January 2015 runoff will follow. A Carter win would be an enormous upset, given these poll results. Among the wealthiest Georgians, Carter’s support collapses at the finish: he trails Deal 53% to 39%. This is Carter’s lowest showing and Deal’s highest showing, among those households earning more than $80,000 a year, in 8 WXIA-TV tracking polls going back to August. Among voters who have already returned a ballot, Deal leads by 6 points.
* In the election for the open seat of School Superintendent, Republican Richard Woods edges Democrat Valarie Wilson 47% to 44%. Woods has never trailed.
* In the election for Lt Governor, incumbent Republican Casey Cagle defeats Democrat Connie Stokes 54% to 38%.
* In the election for Secretary of State, incumbent Republican Brian Kemp defeats Democrat Doreen Carter 52% to 40%.
* In the election for Attorney General, incumbent Republican Sam Olens defeats Democrat Greg Hecht 51% to 39%.
Cell-phone respondents and home-phone respondents included in this research: SurveyUSA interviewed 750 state of GA adults 10/30/14 through 11/02/14. Of the adults, 638 were registered to vote. Of the registered voters, 591 were determined by SurveyUSA to have already returned a ballot, or to vote at the precinct. This research was conducted using blended sample, mixed mode. Respondents reachable on a home telephone (69% of likely voters) were interviewed on their home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents not reachable on a home telephone (31% of likely voters) were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, tablet or other electronic device. A candidate for statewide office in GA needs to reach 50% on Election Day, or a runoff is required. You must credit WXIA-TV in Atlanta if you air, cite or publish these results in whole or part.