Deal, Perdue have the advantage in AJC poll

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Gov. Nathan Deal and David Perdue held small leads in their respective races for governor and senator, according to a poll conducted for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Deal had a 46-41 percent advantage over state Sen. Jason Carter, with Libertarian Andrew Hunt siphoning off 5 percent of the vote, the AJC’s Daniel Malloy reported late Friday morning.

Perdue, a Republican businessman, was up by 44-42 percent over Democrat Michelle Nunn in the U.S. Senate race, while Libertarian Amanda Swafford attracted 6 percent support, according to the AJC poll.

The live caller survey of 1,170 Georgians was conducted by Abt SRBI and has a margin of error of 3.6 percent. The sample was weighted for a 29 percent turnout by black voters, but had slightly more responses from males than from female voters.

The AJC poll results conflict sharply with numbers released earlier Friday by CNN/ORC that showed Nunn with a 47-44 percent lead over Perdue and Carter with a 48-46 edge over Deal.

In both of the polls, no candidate had the 50 percent support necessary to avoid a runoff.

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