Georgia Republicans got a boost today when this tweet came out from the New York Times election model, named Leo:
Series of polls in GA show Repubs coalescing around Perdue. I'm changing my rating from Lean to Likely R (88%). pic.twitter.com/FLpJs4ukmK
— Leo (@nytleo) August 20, 2014
The graphic in the tweet show the results of some recent polling, and David Perdue’s steady or increasing polling advantage over Democrat Michelle Nunn caused the ratings change from Leaning Republican to Likely Republican. The model now gives Perdue an 88% chance of winning the seat currently held by Saxby Chambliss.
The Georgia ratings change also improved the model’s guess of the odds the GOP has of controlling the Senate. The model now thinks there is a 61% likelihood that Republicans will gain the seats needed for control.
According to the paper, “Although Ms. Nunn cannot yet be counted out, this latest polling suggests that window may be closing.”