23% David Perdue
18% Jack Kingston
14% Karen Handel
11% Phil Gingrey
11% Paul Broun
1% Derrick Grayson
<1% Art Gardner
Some thoughts about where a runoff may start:
When it comes to the second choice of likely Republican primary voters with a candidate preference including early voters and those who voted by absentee ballot, 23% select Perdue. Handel, Gingrey, and Kingston are each the backup for 13%. An additional 8% cite Broun. Grayson and Gardner each receives 2%. Less than 1% of Republican primary voters with a candidate preference chooses someone else, and 25% are undecided.
Perdue is the second choice for 38% of Kingston’s supporters and 31% of Handel’s backers. There is less consensus among those who are behind Perdue. One in five — 20% — selects Kingston while 16% choose Gingrey. An additional 16% of Perdue’s supporters cite Handel as their second choice.
When it comes to the favorability ratings of the top three candidates, more than six in ten likely Republican primary voters — 61% — have a favorable impression of Perdue. Nine percent have an unfavorable view of him, and 6% have never heard of Perdue. 24% are unsure how to rate him. 49% of likely Republican primary voters think well of Kingston. 16% have a negative impression of him while 9% have never heard of Kingston. 26% are unsure how to rate him.
Looking at Handel’s favorability, 41% of likely Republican primary voters have a positive opinion of her while 18% have an unfavorable view of her. 14% have never heard of her, and 27% are unsure how to rate her.