Former Governor Roy Barnes appears headed toward an easy win next Tuesday in Georgia’s Democratic Gubernatorial Primary race.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Democratic Primary voters in Georgia finds Barnes earning 59% of the vote. His nearest competitor, state Attorney General Thurbert Baker, trails with 16% support.
This is the widest margin between the two candidates yet, but Barnes has far outdistanced Baker from the start. In August of last year, he led Baker by 33 points in a hypothetical primary matchup.
Two other primary hopefuls, former Georgia Secretary of State David Poythress and House Minority Leader Dubose Porter, each earn five percent (5%) of the vote.Â Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, while 12% are undecided.
Boosted by major endorsements this week, ex-Congressman Nathan Deal and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel are tied for the lead in the stateâ€™s Republican Primary contest for governor. Both, however, are far short of the number of votes needed to avoid an August 10 runoff.Â
Barnes trailed three of his four potential GOP opponents in the last general election matchup survey by Rasmussen Reports in May
This survey of 455 Likely Democratic Primary Voters in Georgia was conducted on July 13, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Barnes served one term as governor before being defeated by Republican Sonny Perdue in 2002 and has remained well ahead of the other Democratic hopefuls since Rasmussen Reports first began surveying this mix of candidates. Perdue is term-limited from seeking reelection.
Barnes holds commanding leads among both male and female primary voters.
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