Cagle leads handily in latest GOP poll of governor’s race

[private]Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle still leads the Republican field by a wide margin in a new poll of the governor’s race from Landmark Communications/Rosetta Stone.

The independent poll has Cagle at 35 percent, former legislator Hunter Hill at 9 percent, secretary of state Brian Kemp at 7 percent, state Sen. Michael Williams at 4 percent and Clay Tippins at 1 percent.

The major change from earlier polls of this race was Hill slipping past Kemp into second place.

“The political class will be even more worried about our candidacy, now,” Hill said in a statement. “Our message of true conservative leadership for Georgia has been resonating with voters across the state, and now the polls are showing what you and I have known all along:”

Even in second place, however, Hill still trails Cagle by 26 points in this particular poll.

As with all political polls, this one should be taken with a grain of salt.

Landmark and Mark Rountree did the polling for WSB-TV earlier this year in the special election for the 6th Congressional District. Every poll they conducted prior to the runoff showed Jon Ossoff leading Karen Handel — but Handel won by four points.

In other campaign news, the Georgia AFL-CIO endorsed former Stacey Abrams over Stacey Evans in the Democratic primary for governor.

“Stacey Abrams has worked to address misclassification issues, advocated for raising the minimum wage, and supported union membership,” said AFL-CIO President Charlie Flemming. “She understands the concerns of Georgia workers, and the Georgia AFL-CIO looks forward to standing alongside her to make her our next governor.”

“As minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, she fought to help workers take care of themselves and their families, blocked bills to weaken unions’ free speech rights, and voted against legislation that threatened union membership,” said Yvonne Robinson, the AFL-CIO’s secretary-treasurer.

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