Deal maintains narrow but consistent lead over Carter in AJC poll

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A statewide poll commissioned by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows Gov. Nathan Deal leading Democratic nominee Jason Carter by three percentage points in a head-to-head matchup for governor.

Deal was at 46 percent and Carter at 43 percent, with the remainder of those surveyed either undecided or not expressing a preference.

Deal, who has opposition in the GOP primary from former Dalton mayor David Pennington and state school Supt. John Barge, has been in front of Carter by three or four points in recent polls, but his approval numbers have been below the 50 percent level — his approval was 44 percent in this one.

Abt SRBI conducted the survey of 1,012 registered voters from May 5-8 and the poll has a margin of error of 4 percent.

“The more voters tune in, the more they’re turning away from the governor,” Carter spokesman Bryan Thomas said. “The governor is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertising, but voters are simply not buying what he’s selling.”

Democrat Michelle Nunn holds narrow leads in head-to-heads with each of the five Republican contenders in the U.S. Senate race, although she is virtually tied with David Perdue with only a 46-45 percent lead.

Nunn polled at 49-41 percent against Karen Handel, 50-40 percent against Jack Kingston, 51-38 percent against Paul Broun and 52-37 percent against Phil Gingrey.

The AJC said its poll also indicates 59 percent of Georgians disapprove of the “Guns everywhere” bill that Deal recently signed into law.  Carter voted for the gun bill.

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