And it say’s largely what others have been saying: Oxendine with a lead, Handel catching up to the Ox. However you should notice an interesting trend with the third place position.
While John Oxendine continues to hold a comfortable lead over other GOP candidates with 32 percent of respondents saying they would vote for him, Karen Handel is challenging him for the female vote. Also, there is a trend of seniors moving toward Handel as well as Eric Johnson. All three candidates have increased visibility with television ads airing across the state. At this point, Oxendine does not appear to have enough momentum to prevent him getting into a runoff. Handel’s overall tally of 23 percent looks like it may catapult her into a potential runoff with Oxendine.
Johnson (12 percent) and Nathan Deal (12 percent) are also making overall inroads among Republican voters. Ray McBerry (5 percent), Jeff Chapman (4 percent) and Otis Putnam (1 percent) round out the Republican field, with a significant 10 percent still saying they are undecided.
Johnson’s moving up and eating away from Deal’s support. And Undecided is losing votes like a sinking ship loses sailors.