From a press release. Get your crosstabs here after 4:30pm:
Landmark Releases Poll – Deal Fights Back, Governor’s Race Now “Toss Up”; Olens Leads Attorney General, Hudgens Leads For Insurance
(Duluth)—Within the last week former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal has closed the gap on former Secretary of State Karen Handel in the Republican gubernatorial runoff contest, according to a poll conducted by Landmark Communications Inc.
Deal now leads by a razor-thin 2% margin, though this margin is clearly the 3.9% margin of error for this survey. Deal leads 44-42% over Handel with 14% saying they will vote but are still undecided. Based on a previous Landmark poll conducted August 1st, Deal has moved up eleven percentage points over the past week, from nine back to two ahead.
The so-called “gender gap” remains very small as 41% of men and 43% of women say they are voting for Handel – a 2% difference, again within the margin of error. 45% of men and 42% of women give their vote to Deal.
“Nathan Deal has moved from behind to a statistical tie,” said Landmark President Mark Rountree. “Over the past week, Deal effectively won many undecided and less committed voters, making this a dead heat. We don’t make a prediction on the outcome of this.”
Other noteworthy results from Landmark’s polling:
State Sen. Ralph Hudgens leads in the election for Insurance Commissioner with a 41%% to 23%% lead over attorney Maria Sheffield.
Former Cobb Chairman Sam Olens has a 50-16% lead over State Sen. Preston Smith.
Landmark Communications randomly selected voting households that participated in the July 20 Republican primary election with 623 voters participating in the survey and completing all questions.
The survey was conducted by telephone on Aug. 7. Landmark paid for this survey on its own and does not represent a client in this election. The margin of error is 3.9%.